The Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors announced Thursday that they will partner with Goodwill for the third annual Winter Coat Drive.
Donations of gently used winter coats, jackets, sweaters, winter shoes, boots and gloves will be accepted at all Air Canada Centre gates from fans attending the Leafs versus Montreal game on Saturday, January 28 and the Raptors versus Sacramento game on Sunday, January 29.
"Winter can be a particularly difficult time for everyone, especially for individuals and families that are in need or are at their most vulnerable," said Bev Deeth, director of Leafs and Raptors Community Development. "We're pleased to partner with Goodwill once again to support a great cause and give back to the community. Since our partnership with Goodwill began, our fans have made an exceptional effort in supporting this initiative and there's no doubt our fans will come through again with their support this year."
Raptors player Jalen Rose will tip off this season's Winter Coat Drive with a donation of 125 winter coats.
"It is terrific to receive this level of support from the Leafs and Raptors Community Development departments," said Dr. Ken Connolly, President & CEO of Goodwill Toronto. "When people donate or shop at Goodwill more people in the community work. And when more people work, our communities work better."
The Coat Drive Month is a joint initiative of the Leafs and Raptors Community Development departments which provide community outreach programs that make a difference for youth and various charitable organizations.
Goodwill is a Canadian registered charity that has been in operation since 1935. Goodwill operates many retail stores and donation centres throughout Greater Toronto, Central and Eastern Ontario. Their mission is to provide work opportunities and skill development to people facing barriers to employment. Its operation of retail outlets and donations centres and other lines of business is its means to deliver its mission. For more information on Goodwill, visit www.goodwill.on.ca.