Sports franchises are generally judged by their results on the field, court and ice but there are other ways for a team to hit a home run in their community. Sometimes a fan, especially those who are young and in many cases a fan of any age who is not as fortunate as others, can have a smile on his or her face simply by an act of goodwill.
The Mets are a perfect example of that.
As the Amazin’s begin preparations for the 2019 with new General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets are also set to conduct one of their marquee community events next week with their 13th annual “Warm-Up” Holiday Coat Drive presented by UnitedHealthcare. In conjunction with New York Cares, the coat drive will take place next Wednesday November 14th at the Mets Team Store at CitiField.
Between the hours of 10am and 6pm, Mets personnel along with UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers will be on hand to collect coats that fans wish to donate so that those who are in need will be able to stay warm during the cold winter months in New York. All fans who donate new or gently used coats will receive a voucher that is redeemable for two tickets to select 2019 Mets home games in April and May.
My family and I have attended this event many times over the years and it’s a great way for fans of all ages to help the Mets do something great for the community as well as talk Mets baseball while on line waiting to donate the coats. Sometimes there have been surprise guests showing up like Mr. Met making this community event something that Mets fans always have circled on their calendars.
The holiday season is upon us and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to help those in need. The Mets’ annual coat drive gives fans an opportunity to help while also getting fired up for the hot stove during the offseason.
For more information, go to mets.com/coatdrive.