Toys for Tots and Canned Food Drive Saturday
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  12/09/2013

Courtesy: Donte Carty (Rider University)
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Toys for Tots and Canned Food Drive Saturday
at Rider Basketball Doubleheader

LAWRENCEVILLE—The Department of Athletics and the Rider University Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) are teaming up on Saturday, December 14 to collect new, unwrapped toys and canned goods to benefit those less fortunate during this holiday season.

The toys will be donated as part of the Toys for Tots program and the canned goods will be donated to HomeFront in Trenton, New Jersey, a non-profit organization that is working to eradicate hunger in the Mercer County area.

Anyone who donates a toy or a canned good will receive a voucher, good for $1 off a general admission ticket to redeem at the ticket window.

“As student-athletes, we are extremely fortunate to have the such a wonderful feeling of community support at Rider and it's important to SAAC that we consistently show our appreciation by giving back and helping people that desperately need it,” said SAAC president Jaclyn Webber, a member of the Rider volleyball team.  “You can greatly impact many people with just a small gesture and we hope that others will join us in our efforts on Saturday and start a chain of kindness during the holiday season.”

Donations will be collected in Alumni Gym, prior to the Rider women’s basketball game against Binghamton at 1 p.m. and the men’s game against Wagner at 3 p.m.

“Toys for Tots is a great way to give less fortunate children gifts that their parents may not otherwise be able to afford in an effort to make sure they can have something to open on Christmas morning,” Webber added.  “Additionally our local chosen charity, HomeFront, is constantly restocking its shelves with canned goods because many people can't afford to put food on their tables at all times during the year, not just during the holidays.”

“I applaud SAAC's efforts to help others during the busy holiday season and am pleased to see that they aren't just limiting it to toys and are collecting canned goods as well to double their opportunity to give back,” said Associate Athletic Director/SWA Karin Torchia.  “Our student-athletes recognize that they have a welcoming community here at Rider and that it’s important to help those that are less fortunate.  Hopefully everyone coming to the basketball games this weekend will support their efforts by bringing a toy or canned good.”

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