TAMPA BAY -The Tampa Bay Lightning is partnering with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and PODS® Moving & Storage to host two drives at AMALIE Arena for the Toys for Tots Program on Ford Thunder Alley prior to Bolts home games on Saturday, December 8 versus the Colorado Avalanche and on Monday, December 10 against the New York Rangers. This collection will give fans the opportunity to share in the season of giving with the Lightning and bring joy to children in need.
Along with members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and the Bolts Better Halves, the Lightning will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys on Ford Thunder Alley beginning two hours before puck-drop through game time prior to both games. In addition to donation boxes, toys will be collected and stored in an on-site PODS container. PODS is the official moving and storage provider of the Lightning, and has been a national sponsor of the Toys for Tots Program for the last nine years. Fans who donate will be entered for the chance to win the opportunity to watch a Bolts morning skate. The Lightning encourage fans to bring one or more new, unwrapped toys and be entered to win a chance to attend a morning skate.
Toys for Tots, a 71-year national charitable program, run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books, and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence, and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year, the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of nearly seven million children. Since 1947, over 548 million toys have been provided for 251 million less fortunate children.