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Jr. Sharks Host 2nd Annual Turkey Drive

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
On Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 6:30 - 8:00pm, Sharks center Torrey Mitchell, Head Coach Todd McLellan and Assistant Coach Todd Richards joined the San Jose Jr. Sharks to host the 2nd Annual Frozen Turkey Drive in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank.


Since July of this year, Second Harvest Food Bank has experienced a 55% increase in food requests. The San Jose Jr. Sharks and Sharks Ice pitched in to make sure no child, senior, or family goes hungry this holiday season. The Jr. Sharks are proud to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to feed those struggling to eat during these tough economic times.

The Jr. Sharks is comprised of Travel Teams (A/B level), Tier Teams (AA/AAA level), and the Girls Teams with players aged 5-18 years old. The goal set by the Jr. Sharks Organization was to collect 2,500 pounds of turkey for Second Harvest. Each team in the Jr. Sharks program participated, with a pizza party at Stanley’s Sports Bar on the line for the team that donated the most pounds of turkey. Second Harvest Food Bank reported that the Jr. Sharks collected 259 frozen turkeys, weighing in at 4,041 pounds!

Mitchell was on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with people who donated frozen turkeys and Sharks Ice provided free admission to public session to all that donated. Coaches McLellan Richards also stopped by to donate turkeys of their own, pose for pictures and sign autographs for the excited parents and kids that had gathered for the event.

Greg Swyt, Jr. Sharks Travel President, organized the event with Second Harvest Food bank and was very proud of the amount of turkey that the drive brought in. Swyt thanked Mitchell for stopping by, saying, “the kids were excited and Torrey did a great job accommodating all the kids.”

Swyt was also appreciative of McLellan and Richards “for not only donating turkeys, but for sticking around and signing autographs. This demonstrates their desire and commitment to be an active part of our community”.

Although the turkey drive officially ended at 8pm, Mitchell and McLellan stayed later to speak to a group of Jr. Sharks who were on the ice for practice during the drive. McLellan stressed the importance of giving back to the community in a variety of ways and thanked Mitchell for donating his time, as well as the kids who donated turkeys.

Being appreciative of the opportunities available to them, and being able to give back to those less fortunate are important lessons that the Jr. Sharks constantly demonstrate through hockey and community service.

For more information about the Jr. Sharks Program, visit SJJRSHARKS.com.

In addition to the Frozen Turkey Drive, there will be barrels on site for food donations. The barrels will be located in the lobby. Most needed foods include: meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), peanut butter, 100% fruit juices, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna/canned meat, low sugar cereal, and cans with pop-top lids. The barrels will be at Sharks Ice until the first week of December.

About Second Harvest Food Bank
This holiday season is a critical time. No donation is too big or too small. Giving as little as $10 is enough to provide 20 individuals with the most basic human need - food. We are asking everyone give what he or she can so we have maximum participation. Because 96 cents of every $1 donated to the Food Bank is used to feed hungry people in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, you can be assured your contribution will make a difference. Second Harvest thanks you for your participation.

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