DEFENSEMAN AARON WARD SPEARHEADS LOCAL TOY DRIVE
RALEIGH, NC (Nov. 29, 2001) -
The Carolina Hurricanes and Colony Homes are conducting a toy drive at the Dec. 12 and Dec. 18 Hurricanes games to benefit "The Santa Cause Project" and Triangle area children in need.
Spearheaded by defenseman Aaron Ward, the toys will go to children who lost their mom or dad in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York City or Washington, D.C. through the "Santa Cause Project," a national effort to make the holidays happier for the 8,000 children affected by the tragedy. Toys will also be donated to area organizations for distribution in the Triangle.
"Anything we can do to ease the pain of the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies is important," said Ward, who is friends with the organizer of the project. "This is a great way to feel good about the holidays and bring happiness to a child."
Those who wish to donate can bring an unwrapped gift or make a $15 cash contribution at the Wednesday, Dec. 12 game vs. Florida or the Tuesday, Dec. 18 game vs. Ottawa. The donations will be collected at "The Deck," the new restaurant sponsored by Colony Homes located on the north end of the arena’s main concourse.
Those making donations will be eligible to win a night in a Hurricanes hospitality suite on Jan. 5 against the New Jersey Devils, followed by a private meeting and autograph session with Ward after the game.
Colony Homes employees will be collecting the toys and will give away a special gift to the first 1,500 people who make a donation. On Dec. 12th, donors will receive stress pucks; while on the 18th, Colony Homes will be giving away foam fingers. The homebuilder is also purchasing toys for the drive.
“Our employees are excited about participating and we extend our appreciation to Aaron Ward for bringing the Santa Cause project here. It’s a partnership we’re proud to be affiliated with,” said Colony Homes Raleigh Division President Ron Peiffer.
For more information, visit www.carolinahurricanes.com. For anyone who cannot attend the games, donations may be brought to the Entertainment & Sports Arena between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10-13. Donors may enter through the VIP entrance and security officials will contact the Hurricanes community relations department, which is responsible for collecting the toys.