The St. Louis Cardinals’ Front Office is once again teaming up with Cardinals Care, the American Red Cross and KMOV to provide holiday gifts to area youth in need, including children of military families at Scott Air Force Base.
In the third year of the partnership, the team is asking fans to support a gift drive (#Gifts4Kids) on the morning of Wednesday, December 3rd at the Clark Street entrance to Ballpark Village. Fredbird and volunteers will collect new, unwrapped toys and gift cards which will be distributed to local children in need throughout the holiday season.
“Over the past two years, we’ve collected nearly 2,000 toys and gift cards for children of local military families,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “Thanks to the generosity of our Cardinals community, we’re able to expand the gift drive this holiday season to reach even more deserving children throughout the St. Louis area.”
Starting at 6 a.m. on December 3rd, volunteers from each organization will collect new, unwrapped toys for kids under 12 and gift cards for kids over 13. Fans can drop off donations from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ballpark Village entrance on Clark Street in front of Busch Stadium Gate 5. All fans who donate items will receive a Cardinals stocking and stocking stuffer, a coupon for a free pizza from Papa John’s, as well as complimentary hot chocolate from Delaware North Sportservice (while supplies last).
A portion of the toys and gift cards will be distributed to select Cardinals Care partner agencies for delivery throughout the holiday season, while the remaining gifts will be given out by Fredbird during Breakfast with Santa at Scott Air Force Base hosted by the American Red Cross on December 6th. Fans can learn more at cardinals.com/community.
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $20 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 2014 marks the 11th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.