The Coyotes have always taken a year round approach when it comes to giving back to the community – with a special focus on children, families and the growth of hockey.
But as the calendar turns into December and the giving season accelerates in anticipation of the holidays, the Pack reinforces its commitment to filling the tables and bottoms of those in need.
âAt this time of year, it becomes even more important to celebrate love and joy and give back to families and children in our community,â said Xavier Gutierrez, President and CEO of Coyotes. âWe like to partner with organizations that share this spirit and invite us to be part of their influence. This is our reason for being.
âWe invite all of our amazing fans to help us make a difference by donating toys and food to make this holiday season brighter for others. “
The Coyotes collected non-perishable food ahead of their game with the Florida Panthers on Friday to support Fry’s food stores and the Arizona family vacation food drive. The objective is to help families in a situation of food insecurity.
Food donations will benefit several food banks in Arizona, where nearly one million people go hungry and one in four children do not have enough to eat. Non-perishable foods such as canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, peanut butter, soup and canned meats are high on the wish list of food banks that make sure families have healthy options. holiday meal.
Gutierrez led a contingent of Coyotes employees who helped distribute holiday food at the St. Mary’s Food Bank to more than 16,000 Arizona families in the week leading up to Thanksgiving.
âIt is so impactful and immediate to provide basic food to others. It was an experience that many of our team members enjoyed,â said Gutierrez. âYou realize that the need for food banks continues and we are very happy to partner with Fry’s to help them restock. “
On Saturday night, the focus is on gifts under the tree when the Coyotes ask their fans to support the Glendale Fire Department and Police toy drive ahead of the game with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Fans who donate a new unwrapped toy for a child at Gila River Arena Gate 4 will have the opportunity to meet, take photos and receive autographs from former Coyotes as well as firefighters and firefighters. Glendale police officers.
Glendale Firefighters and Glendale Fire Department Local 493 help thousands of families have a better vacation every year, by identifying families through the Glendale school system or through phone calls from struggling families asking a little help for their children.
âWe are delighted to partner with the Coyotes for our holiday toy drive,â said Arick O’Hara, president of Glendale Fire Department Local 493. âThe Coyotes share our desire to serve the community and make a positive impact.
âWe recognize that people are struggling more than ever to provide their families with the holiday celebrations they deserve. It’s exciting to know that we can make more kids smile because of the Coyotes and their fans. “
O’Hara said he was surprised to find that the number of families in need is even higher than last year, when they had seen a sharp increase because of those affected by the Covid pandemic. âThat’s why having the Coyotes to help us and adding even more toys to give away will really help us reach all the families who ask for help. “
Some families will have the special benefit of having the toys delivered by a Glendale fire truck – and some tours will include a special passenger who also likes the color red.
âWhen we have the chance, we love that the firefighters and officers deliver the toys and Santa joins us when he can,â said O’Hara. “We love to get the children’s names and try to match the toys we have with what they really want to make it even more special.”
Fans have one last chance to help a family for the holidays when the Coyotes team up with Indigenous Community Collaborative / Cahokia and host a toy drive for Indigenous communities, group homes, and Indigenous nonprofits before the game with the New York Rangers on Wednesday, December 15.
Fans can donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child at Gate 4 of the Gila River Arena, where they will have the opportunity to meet, take photos and receive autographs from former Coyotes.