ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals teamed up with Comcast SportsNet, Elliot in the Morning, the Washington Examiner and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to host their 11th annual Capitals’ Toy Drive, presented by GEICO, on Dec. 11, at Verizon Center. The event was a success thanks to Caps fans who generously donated more than $5,000, 40% more than last year, and enough toys to fill a 17-foot JK Moving and Storage Inc. truck.
The toys will be given out to underserved children in the D.C. area. Every fan who donated a toy received a Brooks Laich
“I’m amazed by the amount of support our fans have showed today,” said Brooks Laich
, the Capitals’ toy drive spokesman. “Our fans continue to the best in the league with their commitment. To donate this amount of money and the number of toys collected for underserved children in the area is something really special.”
This is the latest of Laich’s endeavors to help the Capitals’ Toy Drive. On Dec. 7 Laich – along with former Cap Alan May and Elliot Segal from DC 101.1 FM’s Elliot in the Morning, the GEICO Gecko and Slapshot –shopped for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation at Toys “R” Us in Baileys Crossroads, Va. Washington Capitals Charities donated $10,497 spent on toys which filled up a JK Moving and Storage Inc. box truck.
Players’ wives – Karie Erskine, Rachel Fehr and Kim Hendricks - along with 10 marines also got involved in the annual holiday toy drive, collecting toys outside Verizon Center before the game. All of the toys bought on the shopping trip and collected at the Capitals’ Toy Drive on Dec. 11 will be distributed as holiday gifts to children in need in the Washington, D.C., area.