Thanks to the tremendous generosity demonstrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans throughout the 2011 season, underserved children, local humane societies and needy families have received some much-needed support via a series of game day collection drives. Fans attending Saturday's 2011 home finale against the Dallas Cowboys will have one more opportunity to give to those less fortunate in the community.
Before the Buccaneers take the field on Saturday night, the Glazer Family Foundation will join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to conduct the annual "Toys for Tots" collection drive at Raymond James Stadium. Marines will collect new, unwrapped 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, just in time to make the holiday season brighter for thousands of kids.
In addition to lending a helping hand during the holidays, Bucs fans can also end up as winners by participating in Saturday's drive. Each person who donates an item at the gate will be entered into a drawing to win an authentic team-signed item. A raffle will be held during the game, and the lucky winner will be announced during the third quarter.
Over the past 53 years, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has distributed over 272,000,000 toys to 133,000,000 needy children throughout the nation. This is the 35th year that Buccaneers fans and the Marine Corps have united to spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate and families in need.
The Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the Central Florida region. The foundation aids established nonprofit organizations that work with children 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 of dollars in programs, grants, tickets and merchandise to the Tampa Bay area. Most recently, the foundation donated $5 million toward the construction of the Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa. Visit www.GlazerFamilyFoundation.org for more information.