Mets fans donated more than 13,000 pounds of food during the Mets Food Drive presented by Hain Celestial. The drive benefitted The River Fund New York, a hunger-relief organization based in Richmond Hill, Queens. Wives of Mets players and coaches along with Mets legend Mookie Wilson helped collect food. Fans who donated 10 or more items received a voucher for a pair of Mets tickets as well as a discount coupon for the Mets Team Store.
The Mets joined forces with TV partner SNY to celebrate MLB's Play Ball Initiative by hosting various activities in June. The Mets surprised Elmjack Little League with a youth game takeover that included an appearance from Mr. Met and inflatables. The kids were also invited to Citi Field for a Junior Mets clinic presented by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Mets players Neil Ramirez, T.J. Rivera and bench coach Dick Scott helped teach baseball fundamentals to the kids.
The Mets partnered with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to host the annual Equipment Drive as part of MLB's Play Ball Weekend. New and gently used baseballs, bats, gloves, balls and helmets were collected to benefit the August Martin High School softball and baseball teams. Fans that donated three items received a voucher good for a pair of Mets tickets. The mission of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world.
More than 300 Mets, Citi and Bloomberg volunteers came together at Citi Field to build more than 500 bikes as part of Citi's 12th Annual Global Community Day. The bikes were given to local underserved children from the YMCA and other community groups. Children and their families came to the ballpark to pick up their new bikes as well as helmets. Bike New York was on hand to provide learn-to-ride lessons and bike safety demonstrations.
More than 100 children and their families came to Citi Field for the 15th annual enCourage Kids Night Fundraiser. The Mets and ARAMARK hosted the event in the Bullpen Plaza where the children enjoyed face painting, ballpark fare and special visits from Mr. Met and the Mets wives. The event raised more than $83,000 for the organization, formerly known as the Starlight Foundation, to help kids face health challenges by creating environment and experiences to help them through their medical journey.
The Annual Mets Summer Blood Drive is taking place on Thursday, July 6 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field. This drive will produce the Mets' 10,000th blood donor who will win four Field Level to the August 21 game and a Mets jersey. Fans donating blood will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in 2017.
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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