BOSTON - The Boston Bruins announced today, December 3, their charitable initiatives for the 2018 holiday season. Highlights include the annual holiday toy shopping and toy delivery events.
The entire Boston Bruins roster will take part in shopping for children and families in need on Friday, December 7. Bruins Hall of Famer Ray Bourque started the holiday toy shopping tradition when he served as the captain, and the event has continued ever since. Bruins Alternate Captain Patrice Bergeron will spearhead the toy shopping for the ninth year. Each member of the team makes a donation which goes towards the purchasing of the toys, and the Boston Bruins Foundation matches the total team donation.
Toys purchased at the holiday toy shopping event will be delivered to over 600 children at hospitals around Boston who are unable to spend the holidays at home. The entire Bruins roster will visit various hospitals on Wednesday, December 12 to deliver the toys and spend time with patients.
Bruins wives and girlfriends will be participating in the Festival of Trees fundraiser for the second season. The Bruins significant others will decorate mini Christmas trees with a variety of items such as autographed memorabilia, gift certificates, and favorite items of Bruins players. The Festival of Trees fundraiser will take place online at www.bruinsauctions.org and in-game at the Boston Bruins Foundation table located at Loge 4 on the TD Garden concourse during the December 16 and 20 Boston Bruins home games. All proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. More details regarding the specific trees will be made available prior to the fundraiser launch.
The Boston Bruins Foundation recently launched the Boston Bruins Charity Bags presented by '47 which consists of one-of-a-kind Bruins and Winter Classic memorabilia. The proceeds from the sale of these bags will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. Fans have the option to choose either the Premier Level Bag or the Gold Level Bag. The Premier Level Bag guarantees fans a Boston Bruins Winter Classic jersey autographed by Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy or David Pastrnak (selected at random). The Gold Level Bag gives fans the chance to win a Boston Bruins black home jersey autographed by Cam Neely, David Backes, Ray Bourque, David Krejci, Torey Krug or Tuukka Rask (selected at random). Fans can learn more about the charity bags HERE.
Additionally, Toys for Tots will be on hand at TD Garden at the Bruins home games on December 11, 16, and 20 to collect donated toys for children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for the holidays.