The Rochester Americans announced that the team will collect toys for the Pirate Toy Fund during each of the next four games. The 2019-20 season marks the seventh straight year in which the Amerks have hosted a Toy Drive in partnership with the Pirate Toy Fund.
The Toy Drive will take place beginning with Rochester’s home game on Wednesday, Dec. 4 against the Toronto Marlies and will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 11 when the Amerks host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. All four games are set for 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.
Fans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys in the Pirate Toy Fund donation boxes in front of The Blue Cross Arena Box Office, located in the lower atrium, prior to each of the four games. Any fan that donates a toy will receive a complimentary ticket voucher to the Amerks home game on Wednesday, Jan. 8 against Binghamton.
The toys collected will then be distributed to children at the annual Toy Giveaway, hosted by Monroe County, on Sunday, Dec. 15 at The Blue Cross Arena. Last year’s event provided toys to more than 5,000 children across the Greater Rochester Area.
The Pirate Toy Fund is the only nonprofit organization in the country dedicated to distributing new toys year-round to children-in-need throughout the Greater Rochester region. Founded by local children’s entertainer Gary The Happy Pirate, the Pirate Toy Fund has distributed over 250,000 toys since 1995 and continues to actively pursue new avenues to expand its mission.