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Patriots host holiday toy drive for children in need

Fans are encouraged to drop off a toy donation in Toy Drive bins at Patriot Place now through Dec. 15. Fans can also donate toys at the gates of Gillette Stadium on Dec. 8 prior to the Patriots vs. Browns game. Patriots players will personally deliver toys donated by Patriots fans to children in need during the holiday season.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is hosting a toy drive through Dec. 15, benefiting children in need this holiday season. Fans can donate new and unwrapped toys at the Patriots ProShop through Dec. 15 and receive a $5 voucher for use in the ProShop.

Prior to the Patriots game against the Browns on Dec. 8, fans can make a toy donation in Toy Drive bins near the entrances of Gillette Stadium. Fans that make their donation on Sunday before the game may request a $5 voucher at the Patriots ProShop from a Patriots staff member located near the collection bins. All toys donated by fans will be personally delivered by Patriots players at upcoming holiday charitable events. Toy donations must be new and unwrapped. Toys will serve children ranging from newborns to 18-year olds.

In addition to the Patriots Proshop, other collection bins will be located at the Patriot Place Management Office and in the elevator lobby at Patriot Place. This year, there is also a collection bin at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston.

Suggested items to donate:
- Action figures
- Art supplies, including markers, washable paints, colored pencils and drawing pads
- Board games
- Books
- Building toys (blocks, Legos etc.)
- Dolls
- Educational toys (science, math, reading)
- Footballs, soccer balls and assorted sporting goods
- Jewelry kits
- Musical toys
- Teddy bears/stuffed animals
- School supplies
- Toy cars and trucks
- Winter clothing – gloves, hats, jackets and mittens

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the nonprofit organization established by the Kraft family in 1994 to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants and the donation of signed memorabilia to charitable causes, as well as from Patriots players who offer their support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. In 2013, the Foundation will work to raise volunteerism awareness through the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative. For more information about the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, please visit

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