Storm to host toy drive before Saturday's game against Philadelphia

Jul 14, 2016 Tampa Bay Storm

TAMPA -- It’s hard to think of “Christmas” in July but that’s exactly what the Salvation Army and Tampa Bay Storm want you to do on Saturday, July 16th! Fans donating a new, unwrapped toy at the Tampa Bay Storm vs. Philadelphia Soul game will receive a free ticket to the game! The Storm will give away 1 ticket per toy donated! (Maximum of 4 tickets per person)

Why now? We need your help! This head-start will help us register more needy families for the Angel Tree program. Each Christmas, our local units provide toys to over 17,000 needy children. This volunteer – led tradition has been serving our community for over 37 years. Toys donated in July will make it possible for area commands of The Salvation Army when registration of families begins in the coming months.

The Tampa Bay Storm, CHASE Bank and ABC Action News are hosting the toy drive during the pre-game party on the plaza of Amalie Arena! Local celebrities will be on-site collecting the toys for the Salvation Army and distributing game tickets to donating fans!  CHASE is generously donating $10,000 to our Angel Tree program, including $2,100 in toys! Bring the entire family for an unforgettable afternoon! 

“There is no better gift than the one that is given from the heart” said Tampa Area Commander Captain Dr. Andrew Miller.  “By faith we believe in what is not seen, and by choice we act on this faith by helping our neighbors in need and building a stronger, more compassionate community.” 

“For 20 years, viewers and employees at ABC Action News have adopted angels” said Director of Community Affairs Lissette Campos. “To see a child ask for bed sheets, along with a toy is a wake-up call. Without Angel Tree, these children would have nothing on Christmas morning.”

To learn more about the Salvation Army Tampa Area Command Angel Tree program, please contact our Angel Tree Coordinator, Jessica Vick at 813-549-0636.