Thanks to the outpouring of fan support at the November 14 "Sack Hunger" collection drive presented by the Glazer Family Foundation, Raymond James Financial and Southern Ford Dealers, local food banks will be able to provide thousands of additional meals to needy families during the holidays. Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans have been tremendous in their support of those less fortunate, and this Sunday there is another chance to give back.
On December 19, when the Buccaneers host the Lions, the Glazer Family Foundation and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will collect new, unwrapped toys for the annual "Toys for Tots" drive at Raymond James Stadium. Marines will collect toys at the yellow collection stations outside all gates and club entrances until the end of the first quarter. The donated toys will be distributed to underprivileged children throughout the Bay area. This is the 34th year the Glazer Family Foundation, Buccaneers fans and the Marine Corps have united to bring smiles to the faces of children during the holiday season.
Also, each fan who donates an item on Sunday will be entered into a drawing to win an authentic team-signed item. A raffle will be held during the game and the winner will be announced before the conclusion of the contest.
The Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the West Central Florida region. The foundation aids established not-for-profit organizations that work with youth and families to help identify and create programs which support positive social and economic development within our communities. The Glazers, who own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, established the foundation in 1999. Since that time, the Glazer Family Foundation has given millions in programs, grants, tickets and merchandise to the Tampa Bay area. Most recently, the foundation donated $5 million toward the construction of a new children's museum in downtown Tampa, which opened on September 25, 2010 and is named the Glazer Children's Museum. Visit www.GlazerFamilyFoundation.org for more information.
Sunday's toy collection drive is the fifth of six game-day drives the Glazer Family Foundation is conducting at Buccaneer home games this season. On Sunday, December 26, when the Buccaneers host the Seattle Seahawks for the regular season home finale, the Glazer Family Foundation will hold the third-annual Pet Supply Drive to benefit the Humane Societies of Hillsborough and Pinellas. Thank you in advance, Bucs fans, for making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in our community.