The Mets are committed to serving as partners in our community. Players, alumni and staff are dedicated to helping others in our hometown. Each month, we'll provide a glimpse into our community activities.
The Mets hosted 125 children from surrounding Queens schools at Citi Field for the annual Kids Holiday party. The festivities included lunch, games and holiday performances from each school. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard dressed up as Santa while teammates Jose Reyes and Brandon Nimmo dressed up as elves to help hand out presents to the children. Mr. and Mrs. Met joined the Mets players to distribute presents as well.
The Mets worked with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland to select students from local schools in Queens to attend the event.
As part of the MetsGiving initiative, the Mets hosted their first Holiday Shopping Spree to help some local children purchase presents for their families this holiday season.
The Mets worked with The River Fund New York to pre-select 14 children from the New York City area to participate in the shopping spree. Pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, outfielder Brandon Nimmo and front-office employees helped the children select presents for their family and themselves.
After the shopping spree, the children were treated to a pizza party along with pictures and autographs from the Mets players.
Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Mets minor-leaguer Tim Tebow visited the 105th precinct in Queens Village to help lift spirits 18 months after the station house lost NYPD Detective Brian Moore.
Jeff Wilpon and Tebow thanked the officers for their bravery then presented the precinct with a framed Mets team autographed jersey to honor Detective Moore.
The entire Mets front office donned aprons and rolled up their sleeves to make 6,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to help feed the hungry during this holiday season. More than 200 employees made the sandwiches as part of the organization's annual company-wide volunteer holiday initiative.
The Mets partnered with St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters and all the sandwiches made were distributed in the Pantries' bag lunch program.
The Annual Mets Winter Blood Drive is taking place on Thursday, January 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field. Fans donating blood will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in April 2017 (excluding Opening Day). Donors must be 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 lbs. and be in good health. All participants can park in Lot G on 126th Street.
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