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Rangers make three special coat deliveries

Drury, Staal, Graves and wives and girlfriends reach out to keep kids warm

Tuesday, 12.02.2008 / 7:26 PM / Community
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Rangers make three special coat deliveries
Photos -- Drury/Staal Delivery
Video -- Drury/Staal Delivery
Video -- Graves Delivery

Rangers captain Chris Drury helps a youngster try on his new coat during the  Dec. 2 coat delivery at the Life Center.
In an effort to keep New York’s children warm this winter, the New York Rangers and the Garden of Dreams Foundation conducted a children's coat drive in November at various community ice arenas and prior to select Rangers’ games at Madison Square Garden.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the fans, over 800 coats were collected and delivered to kids at Garden of Dreams partner charities this holiday season.

On Tuesday, December 2, Chris Drury and Marc Staal delivered coats to kids at the Life Center. The Life Center’s focus is to prepare individuals at the residence for the world of work and for permanent housing, in addition to enhancing their ability to live and grow independently. There are 210 children from 6 months to 18 years old who are members of the 93 homeless families living at the Life Center.

“It’s pretty special to see some of the reactions and see how happy the children are to get a coat,” said Rangers Captain Chris Drury. “It makes you feel very fortunate. Marc and I are glad we were able be here to help out.”

On Thursday, December 4, Adam Graves delivered coats to children at Harlem Dowling, a not-for-profit child welfare agency, which serves and assists children and their families in crises and distress.

Rangers legend Adam Graves talks to the recipient of a coat donated by Rangers fans to kids at Harlem Dowling.
“Anytime you’re involved with these kids and families, especially this time of year, it’s a real privilege,” stated Graves. “And when you look at all of the great coats we were able to bring, it just speaks volumes about Rangers fans and how giving they are.”

In addition to distributing the coats at each facility, Graves, Drury and Staal all signed autographs, took pictures and distributed gift bags while spreading holiday cheer.

"I’m so glad we were able to help these kids out and find them a good coat for the winter," stated Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. “Chris and I both did this last year and it has really been a great experience for me."

Also as a part of the Rangers and Garden of Dreams coat drive, the wives and girlfriends of the New York Rangers helped distribute coats and put on a fashion show for 60 kids at the Children’s Aid Society on Tuesday, December 9. Click here for more details on this special Wives and Girlfriends event, which was hosted by Kim Alexis, host of TV LAND’S reality TV show, "She’s Got the Look".

For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids in crisis,” please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.