TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning players' wives will host a toy drive, benefiting Toys for Tots, this holiday season on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza at the St. Pete Times Forum. The drives will take place before the Lightning's games against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, December 6 (7:30 p.m., Sun Sports, AM 620 WDAE) and Thursday, December 18 versus the Colorado Avalanche (7:30 p.m., Sun Sports, AM 620 WDAE).
Lightning players' wives will be on the plaza prior to both games accepting new, unwrapped toys. Through the gift of a new toy, the Lightning and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation will provide happiness and hope to disadvantaged children in the Tampa Bay area who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday season.
Toys for Tots is a 61-year tradition of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. During the 2006 Toys for Tots Campaign, local Toys for Tots Coordinators distributed 19.2 million toys to 7.6 million needy children. Concurrently, local campaigns were conducted in 558 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands - the most extensive coverage ever.