METS ANNOUNCE METSGIVING
FLUSHING, N.Y., November 7, 2016 – The New York Mets announced today that they have expanded their MetsGiving initiative to encompass a series of programs in November and December that focuses on helping the community during the holiday season. The events, including food and coat drives, giveaways, and shopping sprees, will feature Mets players, front-office staff, corporate partners and fans all working together to give back and help those underserved in the community.
Wednesday, November 9 – Food Drive presented by Hain Celestial benefiting the River Fund NY
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to bring canned and packaged goods (no glass containers) and enjoy a special appearance by Mr. Met. Fans donating at least 10 non-perishable items will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in April 2017 and a discount coupon for the Mets Team Store redeemable Nov. 9-11. For more information, visit mets.com/fooddrive.
Tuesday, November 15 – Turkey Giveaway with Grand Giving
The Mets and Curtis Granderson’s Grand Kids Foundation join forces for a turkey giveaway in support of MetsGiving and Granderson’s Grand Giving campaign, a month-long program hosted each November that provides meals in the neediest communities, in partnership with FreshDirect.
Curtis, the recipient of MLB’s 2016 Roberto Clemente Award for his community involvement and philanthropic initiatives, will lead a Mets contingent driven by Uber to distribute 200 turkeys to families in Queens and the Bronx. In addition to turkeys, each recipient will receive ticket vouchers that are redeemable for six Mets tickets to select games in April 2017.
Friday, November 18 – Third Annual Turkey Giveaway
With transportation provided by Uber, Mets employees will distribute more than 500 turkeys to families in need across the five boroughs. Each family will receive six tickets to select games in April 2017.
The Mets also continue the tradition of providing complete Thanksgiving meals to 25 families in Corona and Elmhurst, two of the neighborhoods closest to Citi Field. Mets employees will donate the food and personally deliver the packages to the families’ homes in conjunction with NYPD Community Affairs.
Wednesday, December 7 – Mets Annual Coat Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mets employees will be collecting new and gently-used coats for New York Cares to distribute to those in need this winter. Fans donating one coat or more will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in April 2017 and a discount coupon for the Mets Team Store redeemable December 7-9. For more information, visit mets.com/coatdrive.
Tuesday, December 13 – Kids’ Holiday Party
Foxwoods Club at Citi Field
More than 100 elementary school students from local schools will work on holiday-themed projects and enjoy lunch. The children will receive a special visit from Santa and his elf who will be delivering gifts. Mets players participating in the event will be announced at a later date.
Wednesday, December 14 – Holiday Shopping Spree
Mets players will take 10 underserved kids on a holiday shopping spree at a big-box retailer to select presents for their families. The kids will then be surprised with a gift card to spend on themselves. Players to be announced at a later date.
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