2014-15 Collection Drive Dates (all dates subject to change):
Reading Is Cool In-Game Book Drive: Thursday, October 23 vs. Columbus & Saturday, October 25 vs. Buffalo
Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive: Thursday, November 20 vs. Florida & Saturday, November 22 vs. Arizona
Toys-for-Tots Drive: Thursday, December 11 vs. Minnesota & Saturday, December 13 vs. Nashville
Stanford Blood Center “Save a Life” Blood Drive: Saturday, January 10 vs. NY Rangers
Sacred Heart Share the Warmth Drive: Thursday, January 15 vs. Toronto & Saturday, January 17 vs. Calgary
Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive
Share the Warmth Drive
Children's Book Drives
"Save a Life" Blood Drive
The 2014 Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive will take place at home games on Thursday, October 23 vs. Columbus and & Saturday, October 25 vs. Buffalo. Bring non-perishable foods or monetary donations in exchange for raffle tickets for a chance to win great Sharks prizes!
For some Silicon Valley families, the holiday season is a time of indulgence. 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 San Jose Sharks annual Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive, held each November over two nights at SAP Center.
Prior to two predetermined San Jose Sharks home games, fans are encouraged to bring canned goods and/or make a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties as they enter the arena. Donations benefit the approximately 207,000 individuals who visit the food bank each month.
About Second Harvest Food Bank
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has been serving low income children, adults and seniors for nearly 35 years. Each year, they distribute more than 40 million pounds of food, serving approximately 207,000 individuals each month. The Holiday Food Drive is the largest single campaign organized by Second Harvest Food Bank. Each year more than 1,800 organizations participate, making it the largest food drive in the nation. Visit www.SHFB.org for more information on the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Read more about previous events:
2012 Holiday Food Collection Drive
Each holiday season, the Marine Corps Reserve coordinates the Toys-for-Tots program to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need. Sharks fans are invited to contribute to this worthy cause by donating toys and/or making a monetary donation during collection drives held at two predetermined San Jose Sharks home games in December. The toy collection with the Sharks Foundation is consistenly the Marines most successful drive in Northern California.
The goal of Toys-for-Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy children that will teach them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. We know from the smiles on children's faces and the appreciation from their parents that the simple gift of a shiny, new toy - something that many take for granted - can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child. Help bring hope to our local children! For more information on the Toys For Tots program, to donate online or to find your local drive coordinator, please visit www.ToysForTots.org.
Read more about previous events:
2012 Toys For Tots Collection Drive
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Although San Jose is known for its temperate climate, wintertime 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 Services (SHCS) each January to host the "Share the Warmth" Coat and Blanket Drive at SAP Center.
Held prior to two predetermined San Jose Sharks home games, fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used coats and blankets as they enter through the North and South doors the arena. Monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated. The items are redistributed to in-need families via SHCS' Clothes Closet. Over 300 families a day come through the Clothes Closet to "find clothing for their family, a suit for an interview, a blanket during the cold winter, or a pair of shoes for work."
About Sacred Heart Community Services
SHCS was founded in 1964 with the mission to ensure that every child and adult is free from poverty. Over 1,500 customers walk through their doors daily to access a wide range of services. The programs, from basic needs to education, are offered comprehensively under one roof and are free of charge to the customers.
Visit www.shcstheheart.org for more information on Sacred Heart Community Services.
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In-Game Book DrivesThe 2014 Reading is Cool In-Game Book Drive will take place at home games on Thursday, October 23 vs. Columbus and & Saturday, October 25 vs. Buffalo. 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 two predetermined Sharks games in October, 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 DrivesThe 2013 Reading is Cool Presented by Comerica Bank Book Drive at Comerica Bank will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1 at Comerica’s Milpitas Banking Center located at 1289 S. Park Victoria, Milpitas, CA 95035. Sharks forward #13 Raffi Torres will be in attendance as well as S.J. Sharkie for autographs in exchange for book or monetary donations.
As the literacy program's presenting sponsor, Comerica Bank hosts book drives at local banking centers throughout the hockey season. In exchange for the donation of a book, fans have the opportunity to receive an autograph or take a picture with a San Jose Sharks player on hand to thank them for their support of the program.
All donated books will be distributed to local public schools who earn S.J. Sharkie visits as part of the Reading Is Cool program. Reading Is Cool Presented by Comerica Bank is a free and unique literacy program open to public K-6 grade classrooms in Santa Clara County and southern Alameda County (Fremont, Newark and Union City). It promotes the importance of reading while sharing the excitement and enjoyment of a good book. Through a multifaceted approach that includes exclusive experiences and incentives, students are encouraged to succeed as individual readers and as a classroom team.
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Each year, the Sharks Foundation and the Stanford Blood Center team up for the "Save a Life" Blood Drive at SAP Center. Hundreds of Sharks fans turn out to participate in this donation opportunity, consistently making it Stanford Blood Center's most successful drive of the year.
Participants who register to donate blood or sign up for the Blood Marrow Registry are invited to watch the San Jose Sharks morning skate following their donation appointment.
If you are unable to attend this event, please contact the Stanford Blood Center to see when their next blood drive will be held. Don't wait to donate! The life you save could be that of someone you know.
Click here to be directed to the Stanford Blood Center website.
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, be 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 last 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 18-44 years old, be no more than 25% over the normal weight for your height and age, have no auto-immune diseases, personal history of cancer or diabetes, hip, neck or back problems or asthma.
Joining the Be The Match RegistrySM is easy. All you need to do is complete a registration form with contact information, health information and a signed agreement to join the Be The Match RegistrySM. To help you complete the form, bring along a 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 save 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.
About the National Marrow Donor Program
The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and our Be The Match FoundationSM are nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it. Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match RegistrySM to find a match to save their life. Since 1987, we have arranged for more than 33,000 transplants to give patients a second chance at life. Today, we facilitate more than 4,300 transplants a year. For more information, 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.
Did You Know?
- Your medical care and/or funeral arrangements will not be affected by your decision to donate.
- About a third of the 21,000 Californians waiting for organs will die waiting - because there was no organ available.
- Only a sticker on the driver's license means only you intended to donate but registering makes it a legal directive.
- A single donation decision can mean eight people receive life-saving organs, and 50 more receive life-healing tissues.
About the Stanford Blood Center
Stanford Medical School Blood Center was created within the Department of Pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1978. The Blood Center was created to meet the increasingly large and complex transfusion needs of Stanford Hospital and Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and to perform research and teaching. In addition, the Blood Center now serves Palo Alto Medical Foundation Clinic, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Palo Alto V.A. Hospital, Livermore V.A. Hospital and three free-standing local surgery centers. In order to meet the needs of our community, more than 40,000 whole blood donations are need annually. To make a donation appointment please call 888-723-7831.
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