In-Game Book DrivesThe 2014 Reading is Cool In-Game Book Drive will take place at home games on Thursday, October 23 vs. Blue Jackets and Saturday, October 25 vs. Sabres. To kick-off the beginning of a new school year and season of Reading Is Cool presented by Comerica Bank, the Sharks Foundation hosts in-game book drives at SAP Center. During the two games listed above, fans are invited to donate new and gently used books for children in grades K-6 as they enter the arena. Monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated. As a "thank you" for their generosity, all donors are entered into an in-game raffle for autographed Sharks merchandise.
Comerica Bank Book DrivesOn Friday, November 21, mascot S.J. Sharkie and one of your San Jose Sharks players will be signing autographs for fans who donate new or gently used children’s books and/or make a monetary donation to Reading Is Cool presented by Comerica Bank. The event will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Los Gatos Comerica Banking Center located at 444 North Santa Cruz Avenue. All donated books will be distributed to local public schools who earn S.J. Sharkie visits as part of the Reading Is Cool program. For more information on the Reading Is Cool program click here.
For some Silicon Valley Families the holiday season is a time of indulgence, while for others it is a time of need. To combat this need the Sharks Foundation encourages hockey fans to engage in the spirit of giving by participating in the Sharks annual Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive, w is set to take place at home games on Thursday, November 20 vs. Panthers and Saturday, November 22 vs. Coyotes. Bring non-perishable foods or monetary donations in exchange for raffle tickets for a chance to win great Sharks prizes! All non-perishable goods and monetary donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and benefit the approximately 207,000 individuals who visit the food bank each month. Visit www.SHFB.org for more information on the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Each holiday season the Marine Corps Reserve coordinates the Toys for Tots program to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need. The 2014 Toys for Tots Toy Drive will take place at home games on Tuesday, December 9 vs. Oilers and Thursday, December 11 vs. Wild. Bring new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations in exchange for raffle tickets for a chance to win great Sharks prizes! The toy collection with the Sharks Foundation is consistently the Marines most successful drive in Northern California. For more information on the Toys for Tots program, to donate online or to find your local drive coordinator, please visit www.ToysForTots.org.
Each year the Sharks Foundation and the Stanford Blood Center team up for the “Save a Life” Blood Drive. Hundreds of fans turn out to participate in this donation opportunity, consistently making it Stanford Blood Center’s most successful drive of the year. The 2015 Stanford Blood Drive will take place on Saturday, January 10 vs. Rangers at SAP Center beginning at 8 a.m. Donors must register prior to the event on the Stanford Blood Center website. Participants who register to donate blood or sign up for the Blood Marrow Registry are also invited to watch the Sharks morning skate following their donation appointment and will be entered to win great Sharks prizes! Click here for more information on the Stanford Blood Center and to see when their next blood drive will be held.
In general, you are eligible to donate if you are at least 17-years-old (or 16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, are in good health and have eaten prior to donating. For a full list of requirements, please click here.
From start to finish, giving blood consists of four easy steps: registration, brief medical history, actual donation, rest and refreshments. The entire process lasts about an hour. For more information on the process, please click here.
Registering for the Bone Marrow RegistryRequirements
In general, donors must be between the ages of 18 to 44-years old, be no more than 25 percent over the normal weight for your height and age, have no auto-immune diseases, personal history of cancer, diabetes or asthma and have no hip, neck or back problems.
Joining the "Be The Match RegistrySM" is easy. All you need to do is complete a registration form with contact and health information, health information and a signed agreement to join the "Be The Match RegistrySM." To help you complete the form, bring along a form of personal identification (such as a driver's license or passport) and the contact information for two family members or friends who would know how to reach you in the future if your contact information changes. Staff will take a quick swab of cheek cells to be tissue-typed. The results will be used to match you to patients.
Bone Marrow Donation Process
When you join the Be The Match RegistrySM, you are taking the first step to saving a life. You are also making a commitment to be ready to take the next step if a patient needs you. If you match a patient, your commitment to donate is very important, but you have the right to change your mind. However, a late decision to not donate can be life-threatening to a patient. Please think seriously about your commitment before joining the registry. For a step-by-step guide of donation, please click here.
For more information about the National Marrow Donor Program, please visit www.bethematch.org.
Organ and Tissue RegistryYou have the power to Donate Life. With a click or a signature when getting a license or ID card or renewing it at the DMV, you can change lives forever. Registering on the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Registry is secure, confidential and allows you to become a giver of life.
Although San Jose is known for its temperate climate, the winter months can still pose a threat for those lacking the proper attire to comfortably survive the coldest months of the year. As a result, the Sharks Foundation partners with Sacred Heart Community Service (SHCS) each January to host the Share the Warmth Coat and Blanket Drive at SAP Center. The 2015 Share the Warmth Drive will take place at home games on Thursday, January 15 vs. Maple Leafs and Saturday, January 17 vs. Flames. Fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used jackets and blankets or monetary donations as they enter through the North and South doors in exchange for raffle tickets for a chance to win great Sharks prizes! The items are redistributed to in-need families via SHCS’ Clothes Closet. Visit www.shcstheheart.org for more information on Sacred Heart Community Services.
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