Rangers deliver coats donated by fans

Drury, Staal, and Graves head out to keep kids warm through winter

Friday, 12.11.2009 / 1:46 PM / Community
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Rangers deliver coats donated by fans
PHOTOS: Drury/Staal Coat Delivery
PHOTOS: Graves Coat Delivery

Rangers captain Chris Drury poses for a picture with one of the youngsters who received a donated coat.
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For the fourth consecutive year, the New York Rangers and the Garden of Dreams Foundation continued their efforts to keep New York’s children warm this winter.  Through coat drives at three November home games and collections at area rink partners, fans were able to contribute a gently used or new children’s winter coat for the Rangers to deliver to the children and families of Garden of Dreams partner charities.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the fans, over 800 coats were collected and delivered to underprivileged kids this holiday season.

On Tuesday, December 1, Adam Graves delivered coats to children at Loisiada Inc., which facilitates access to education, training and employment opportunities that ensure the overall improvement and economic development of the community.

Following school that day, the children arrived at the Loisiada facility for snacks before meeting Graves and receiving their new winter coat.

“It’s a real privilege to see the appreciation on these kids faces,” stated Graves. “And looking at all these great coats we have here, it tells you how great our fans are that they would give to this cause to assist our efforts with children in our area.”

Adam Graves helps a girl try on her coat, which was donated through the annual Coat Drive conducted by the Rangers and Garden of Dreams Foundation.
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On Thursday, December 10, Chris Drury and Marc Staal delivered coats to over 100 kids and families from WHEDCo at PS218.  WHEDCo works with families in the Bronx who struggle with the multiple challenges presented by poverty, and who, like all of us, aspire to a healthy, financially stable future.

"Chris and I are professionals at this, I am glad to continue to help the children find a new coat for the winter each year,” stated Staal. “Chris and I both did this the previous two seasons and it has really been a great experience that I look forward to doing for years to come."

“We do so many of great things here through Garden of Dreams but this is the one event I look forward to each year, said Rangers Captain Chris Drury.  “It’s truly special to see some of the reactions on the children and how grateful they are to receive a coat.”

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.

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.