Anaheim Ducks Toy Drive
The Ducks are getting into the holiday spirit and calling all Ducks fans to help spread cheer in Orange County this holiday season! The Ducks will be collecting toys as part of the annual Anaheim Ducks Toy Drive at all December home games prior to the Christmas holiday. The Lady Ducks- wives and significant others- will be collecting new, unwrapped, toys, books and games to benefit the Spark of Love Toy Drive with the Anaheim Fire Department and ABC7. Each person with a donation will receive a raffle ticket to win a 2013-14 team autographed stick at each of the Toy Drive games (limit one raffle ticket per person).
During the entire month of December, Toy Drive drop off locations will be available at each of The Rinks locations (Anaheim ICE, Corona Inline, Irvine Inline, Huntington Beach Inline, Westminster ICE, Yorba Linda ICE) as well as the Anaheim Ducks Team Store. Each person with a donation at The Rinks and Anaheim Ducks Team Store will receive a 2-for-1 public skating pass (good at any of The Rinks locations and limit one pass per person).
In addition, the Ducks and The Rinks will be hosting a Holiday Toy Drive Skate Party on Wednesday, December 18th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE. Fans that bring new, unwrapped, toys, books and games can skate for FREE that evening and will also be entered to win an Anaheim Ducks prize (limit one raffle ticket per person). Wild Wing will be in attendance for holiday pictures, the Street Team will be hosting ornament decorating for kids and guests will also have the opportunity to skate alongside the Power Players.
To culminate our seasonal Toy Drives, the Ducks and Honda Center have teamed up with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and ABC7 to support the Spark of Love Toy Drive by stuffing an OCTA bus with toys. This annual event will take place on Friday, December 20th, in the Honda Center parking lot and ABC7 news will be on hand to collect new, unwrapped toys donated by the public to distribute to children in the local community.
Don’t miss your chance to help make this holiday season special for so many children and families in your local community! For more information on the Anaheim Ducks Toy Drive, please call 1-877-WILDWING.
Staff Volunteer Program – Summer Highlights
On June 26th, The Flight Crew volunteered at the You Are Special Food Pantry located in Orange. You Are Special works to alleviate hunger in the City of Orange and nearby communities by operating a food pantry and by providing other safety net services. They serve anyone who requests food, no questions asked.
The morning was spent organizing donated food and packaging it to be given to local residents in need. The fast-paced and well-organized process was directed by Michelle and Eric Hensley, their children and the handful of dedicated You Are Special volunteers that provide their service every other Wednesday of the month. The hard work of getting all of the food prepped was well worth it when the volunteers were able to pass it out and help support those that truly need assistance. It was an eye-opening experience to see the need for food in the community and the Flight Crew was extremely proud to the support the cause.
To learn more about You Are Special’s community outreach and food pantry, please visit, www.youarespecial.org.
The Ducks and Honda Center staff is full of animal lovers. So, to give back to our four-legged friends in need, the employees visited OC Animal Care on July 23rd. OC Animal Care is an open-admission animal shelter that provides temporary shelter and medical care for lost, owned or stray animals, and opportunities for the adoption of these animals. The Flight Crew spent the afternoon making blankets for the animals at the facility, as well as playing with the dogs, handing out treats and creating online profiles to help them find a forever home.
To find out how you can rescue an animal or assist OC Animal Care, please visit, www.ocpetinfo.com.
The final staff volunteer outing of the summer was with Silverado Hospice as part of their Petals for Patients program to create floral arrangements for hospice patients in Silverado’s local facilities. On August 6th, The Flight Crew- joined by Silverado Hospice volunteers- took part in a flower arranging tutorial and then used their creativity to create arrangements to help brighten the spirits of those in hospice. The Flight Crew made 50 arrangements which they also delivered to the patients at Silverado Hospice in Tustin.
Silverado Hospice exists in the hope and belief that through effective, compassionate care, patients can approach the end of their lives with dignity and comfort in the midst of a caring environment sensitive to their needs. They do this by helping patients achieve physical and emotional comfort so they can concentrate on living life as fully as possible.
For more information on Silverado Hospice’s Petals for Patients program, please visit www.silveradosenior.com.
The Anaheim Ducks hosted its annual prospect conditioning camp for its top prospects from July 3-8. The camp consisted of both on-ice and off-ice workouts at THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE, but also included a special community event for the players.
On Sunday, July 7th, families from Defending the Blue Line, a nonprofit whose mission is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey, were invited to participate in a private skate followed by lunch with the Ducks prospects. It was a great afternoon for both the families and the Ducks prospects to get the chance to learn about each other and all of the great things Defending the Blue Line is doing in the community. The families had the opportunity to take photos with the players and received Ducks goodie bags.
Defending the Blue Line is part of the Anaheim Ducks Charity Ticket Program and distributes Ducks tickets to military families throughout the season. They may see some of the Ducks prospects from Sunday’s luncheon on the Honda Center ice in the near future!
Bruxie celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Rancho Santa Margarita location with the help of the Ducks on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. As a part of an ongoing partnership between the authority on Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches and the Anaheim Ducks, fans were invited to celebrate with the Ducks Power Players and Wild Wing, participate in street hockey activities with the Ducks Street Team, and enjoy Bruxie’s menu of savory and sweet gourmet waffle sandwich offerings and $1 custards.
Bruxie will donate 20% of the entire day’s sales to benefit the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Hockey Team. Guests in attendance were also able to purchase Bruxie and Ducks co-branded t-shirts for $10 each. 100% of proceeds of the shirts will benefit the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and Santa Margarita Catholic High School Hockey Team.
As a highlight of the day, Bruxie honored members of the local Santa Margarita Catholic High School Hockey Team, part of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League, for their achievement of winning the 2013 USA Hockey Varsity High School Championship.