The Calgary Stampeders and their fans team up with the Salvation Army every fall to help provide warmth and comfort to the less fortunate of our community.
For more than a decade, 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.
“As a guy from Texas, I certainly can appreciate the value of a good winter coat in Calgary,” said Tate, the team representative for the coat drive since 2011. “Stamps fans have been fantastic in supporting this cause for many years and it's a privilege to be involved.”
“For far too many Calgarians, a warm coat is considered a luxury,” said Captain Pam Goodyear, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development for The Salvation Army. "Just think, that coat in the back of your closet that you haven't worn for a couple years could keep someone warm this winter and imagine the impact it could have if every fan brought a coat to donate at the game.”
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.