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Penguins Collect Toys for the Needy

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Every season the Penguins try to better the Pittsburgh community and help underprivileged families throughout the region. The annual “Toys for Tots” drive is only one example of such philanthropy.


For 16 straight years, Pittsburgh has collected toys and cash donations that are given to deserving young children during this Holiday Season in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” program.

The Penguins are asking fans to reach out in these difficult times by giving whatever they can – no contribution is too small – during the upcoming collection drive on Saturday, Nov. 29 against New Jersey.

The gifts will be even more meaningful this year because so many families are facing challenging economic times. - James Santilli
“Our fans always have been extremely generous with toy and monetary donations, but the gifts will be even more meaningful this year because so many families are facing challenging economic times,” said James Santilli, the Penguins’ Vice President of Marketing.  “We’ve decided to hold the toy drive at two games – Nov. 22 vs. Vancouver and Nov. 29 vs. New Jersey – so that more fans will have the opportunity to make this a happy holiday season for underprivileged children.”

All fans that make sacrifices for these needy children will be eligible to win Penguins’ autographed memorabilia. The grand prize is an autographed, framed print of Evgeni Malkin from Frameworth.

Donations will be collected at Mellon Arena Gates 1, 3 and 10. Gates open on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Collections will continue at each game through the first 10 minutes of the first period.


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