Boston, MA -
The Boston Bruins announced today that they will be collecting new, unwrapped toys at all four of their home games in December to benefit the Greater Boston Toys for Tots program. Originally scheduled to host only one donation, the Bruins decided to add an additional three collection dates after learning of the tremendous need facing Toys for Tots this holiday season, as according to recent statistics provided by the Toys for Tots program, donations have decreased by 50 percent while demand has increased.
"For the past 10 years we have been very proud of our relationship with Toys for Tots," said Bruins Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs. "This year, given the troubling economic times and the deficit of toys that Toys for Tots is experiencing, we are proud to be stepping up our efforts and collecting toys at every Bruins game at the TD Banknorth Garden during the month of December. Hopefully this extra effort can help provide more children in the Boston area with a better Holiday season."
The collections will take place at each of the entrance turnstiles at the TD Banknorth Garden beginning at 6 p.m. on December 8, 13, 18 and 20.
To increase fan participation, any Bruins fan who donates a toy at any of the four games will receive a voucher for a free kids ticket for children 12 and under. The offer is valid with the purchase of an adult ticket for the Thursday, Feb. 26 game vs. the Anaheim Ducks (in select locations and subject to availability).
On Saturday, December 13 Bruins wives will assist with the toy collection at turnstiles throughout the TD Banknorth Garden. Any fan who donates on Saturday, December 13 will also receive a raffle ticket for each toy donated. Prizes include an autographed team jersey, an autographed novelty highway sign or an autographed hockey stick.
The Boston Bruins have supported Toys for Tots through various toy drives for the past 10 years, and hope to make the 2008 toy collection the most successful to date. In addition to their help before the game on the 13th, Kelly Ward, wife of Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward, and Krissy Kobasew, wife of Bruins forward Chuck Kobasew, delivered and sorted toys at Toys for Tots warehouse in South Boston.
The Greater Boston Toys for Tots program is part of the national U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Their mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Their goal is to deliver, through a shiny new toy, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.