Slammers double the holiday giving

11/2/2017, 7:54 a.m.
The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are hosting two holiday drives this season.

Joliet - The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are

hosting two holiday drives this season. In conjunction with Rotary District

6450, the Slammers kick-off November by participating in Chicagoland Rotary

Veterans Coat Drive. The Slammers annual Holiday Open House and toy drive

for the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet will follow in December.

The Slammers are asking the community to help provide winter coats for over

1,000 homeless veterans in the Chicagoland area as they gear up for the

harsh winter months ahead. New or clean and gently used men’s winter coats

are being requested, sized large, X-large, XX-large and up. Coats are

needed in larger sizes as veterans layer their clothing for the winter.

The coats will be delivered on November 17 for Stand Down Day – a special

day held at Humboldt Park Armory in Chicago for homeless veterans in which

they receive support from many health, social service, and community

support organizations. The Chicago event is organized and staffed by

volunteers from veteran organizations, community and social services

organizations, Hines VA and Jesse Brown VA.

Donations can be brought to the Joliet Slammers main offices at 1 Mayor Art

Schultz Drive Monday through Friday between 8am and 4 pm. Donations are

needed by Monday, November 13. For every coat donated, community members

can earn a raffle entry into the Slammers 2018 suite giveaway.

In addition to the coat drive, the Slammers have set a date for their

annual Holiday Open House. On Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 1 pm the

community is invited to join the Slammers for refreshments, snacks, and

games. There will be kid-friendly activities such as a card making station

for the troops and sugar cookie decorating. Santa Spikes will also be in

attendance for photographs.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy to be donated to the Boys and Girls

Club of Joliet. Anyone that brings a toy to the open house will be entered

to win a luxury suite for the 2018 season.

Slammers merchandise will also be on sale up to 50% off select items for

the holidays. Merchandise can be purchased during the open house or during

the Slammers normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 am- 4 pm. Sales

will run through December 8.

The open house will be held in the Slammers Hall of Fame Room located at

the Slammers stadium off of Jefferson Street. For more information, call

the Box Office at (815) 722-2287.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical

Therapy play at the Slammers Stadium downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are

members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier

League is a 12-team league entering its 26th season of play in 2018.