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Caps Fans Give to Angel Tree Program
Photos by Caps Outsider
Caps’ fans came to the Verizon Center Sunday afternoon to see the Caps play the Flyers, but they didn’t come empty handed. Fans arrived with unwrapped toys to benefit the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Angel Tree matches donors with children from underserved families to provide gifts and clothing during the holidays. The Salvation Army registers qualified families due to emergency financial hardship, underemployment and unemployment prior to the holiday season each year.
The Washington Capitals, GEICO, Comcast SportsNet, and Elliott in the Morning teamed up with the Salvation Army to sponsor the event. For these organizations, the Angel Tree Program is a wonderful opportunity to give back to their community through a tradition that has served children in Maryland, DC and Virginia since 1979. In 2012, over 13,000 children were served.
Caps’ fans were excited and more than willing to lend a helping hand. In addition to the opportunity to make a child’s holiday season a bit brighter, the first 1,500 fans to donate a toy received a commemorative Braden Holtby poster.
Ted Leonsis, Caps owner and CEO of Monumental Sports and Entertainment, presented the Salvation Army with a check for $10,000 to further serve families in need.
It was a tremendous response by Caps’ fans for a deserving cause and they were rewarded with an awesome Caps shoot out victory over the Flyers.
Way to go Caps and Caps’ fans!