The Calgary Stampeders and Salvation Army are providing football fans with additional opportunities to provide warmth and comfort to the less fortunate of our community.
The annual Salvation Army Coat Drive will be held on Friday, Oct. 11.
For the past ten years, the Calgary Stampeders, their fans and the Salvation Army have teamed up to help provide warmth and comfort for the less fortunate of our community.
The Salvation Army Coat Drive is held every season at a Stampeders home game, with fans donating new or gently used coats and cash to help ensure everyone has a warm winter. Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate is the team representative for the campaign.
Thanks to the generosity of Stampeders fans, a record was established in 2010 with more than 1,200 coats collected, to go along with nearly $3,000 in cash donations. Stampeders staff also rose to the challenge by conducting their own coat drive to benefit the Salvation Army.
The ten-year total for the Coat Drive is in excess of 9,500 coats and almost $25,000 in cash donations.
In addition to the Coat Drive, the Stampeders annually participate in the Salvation Army Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk. The event takes place at the Eau Claire Market and involves hundreds of runners and walkers who raise money to provide food and shelter for the homeless. Burke Dales was on hand to kick off the 2010 event which saw the walk raise $37,500 and include over 800 participants.