BALTIMORE, MD – Ravens 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee Torrey Smith celebrated the holidays by giving back this season. Teaming up with Torrey is a signature charitable program of the Torrey Smith Foundation that encourages fans to help Torrey give back. Through these efforts, the Torrey Smith Foundation and partners collected 1,000 stuffed animals to donate to local children in need, fulfilled the Holiday wish lists of eight families from local shelters and donated blankets to homeless veterans in the city.
For the last few weeks, the Torrey Smith Foundation has teamed up with Fallston Walmart for a toy and coat drive for children in need. Using items collected through the drive plus thousands of dollars toward other items, the Torrey Smith Foundation fulfilled the wish lists of eight families from local shelters. Children and parents received every item on their lists, completed with the help of shelter social workers. Items ranged from basketball hoops, to bicycles, to iPads, to PS4s, cleaning supplies, bed sheets and everything in between.
On Tuesday, Torrey hosted the eight families at Fallston Walmart at a private Christmas celebration. Each family had a Christmas tree stocked with gifts and every child opened one gift that day. Extra gifts were sent home with families to be opened at their personal Holiday Celebrations. In addition to gifts, participants also enjoyed a surprise visit from Torrey and Santa, crafts, a DJ, a photo booth, shopping with Torrey for extra toys and a Holiday Feast.*
“There is nothing like seeing someone smile during the holiday season,” said Smith. “We feel truly blessed that we have the opportunity to make so many people happy.”
But that wasn’t all that The Torrey Smith Foundation had planned for Christmas. In November and December the foundation teamed up with Arundel Mills PetSmart® and PetSmart Charities® for a Stuffed Toy Drive. The drive lasted several weeks, finishing only when the stuffed toys were sold out. Nearly 1,000 toys were collected in total. Some were delivered to the Marion House on Monday. The rest were picked up by the Howard County Maryland Volunteer Fire Department to be donated to the Toys for Tots collection.
“We’re so grateful to have a community that loves pets and children alike,” says Jessica Vittek, Arundel Mills PetSmart Store Manager. “Teaming Up With Torrey was a great opportunity to partner for a good cause this holiday season.”
To round out the season the Torrey Smith Foundation brought warmth to homeless veterans by participating in the Hyatt Regency Baltimore blanket drive with the Franciscan Center and Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training. To make a donation in your own name or in the name of the Torrey Smith Foundation, please contact the front desk at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.
*There were several sponsors and anonymous contributors of both time and treasure, including MCS Services and the Fallston community, who helped make Teaming up with Torrey possible. As always, we are very thankful to our foundation supporters for helping us impact the lives of children up and down The Beltway.
The Torrey Smith Foundation is hard at work to plan 2015. First on the docket is the annual Battle of the Beltway Celebrity All Star Basketball Game tentatively planned for March 28th. More details coming soon.
About the Torrey Smith Foundation
The mission of the Torrey Smith Foundation is to provide educational support and resources to children up and down The Beltway. The goal is to have touched the lives of more than 35,000 children by 2016. Learn more at TorreySmith.org.
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