Cardinals To Host 7th Annual Holiday Gift Drive to Support Area Youth

Fans Asked To Donate New, Unwrapped Toys or Gift Cards Outside Busch Stadium on December 5

ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 20, 2018– The St. Louis Cardinals Front Office and Cardinals Care are teaming up with the American Red Cross, KMOV, Rawlings Sporting Goods, Fontbonne University, Companion Bakery, The Cup, the St. Louis Surge and the St. Louis Blues for the seventh annual Holiday Gift Drive on Wednesday, December 5, to provide gifts to area youth in need and children of military families at Scott Air Force Base.  Special thanks go out to Papa John’s Pizza for their support of this year’s holiday gift drive as well.

Fans can support this gift drive for local children of all ages by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gift cards at the Gate 4 entrance to Busch Stadium along Clark Street.  Fredbird and volunteers from each partnering organization will be outside Gate 4 to collect gifts from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Fans who make a donation will receive a token of appreciation from the Cardinals and a complimentary hot chocolate from Delaware North Sportservice.

Last year alone, the organization collected, wrapped and distributed more than 1,600 toys for kids in the St. Louis area.  Additionally, fans have dropped off more than 7,500 toys and gift cards at Busch Stadium since the event’s inception.

“Year after year, our fans come out and show how much they care about kids in our community by donating to our annual gift drive,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care.  “We are so grateful for the support from our partners and our local community.”

A portion of the toys and gift cards will be given out by Fredbird during Breakfast with Santa at Scott Air Force Base, hosted by the American Red Cross, on December 8.  The remaining gifts will be distributed to select Cardinals Care partner agencies including Angels Arms, Annie Malone, South Side Early Childhood Center, Youth in Need and Marygrove, throughout the holiday season.

Fans can learn more about the gift drive at  #CardsCare

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