Rays Thanksmas kicks off December 15

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays will host Thanksmas for the ninth consecutive year, December 15-19, at the Salvation Army Shelters in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton, the Sallie House in St. Petersburg, the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida in Orlando. 

Thanksmas opens on Monday, December 15 with a return to the Sallie House, a safe haven for children who have been removed from their home because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. This will be the sixth consecutive year that Rays will visit the Sallie House as a part of Thanksmas. The Rays will also visit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, the largest provider of homeless services in Orlando and Central Florida, for the first time.

Over the past eight years, Thankmas has served approximately 7,000 individuals in need and provided many with clothing and shoes. The Rays will provide and serve either lunch or dinner to each of the shelters. In 2013, as a result of donations from generous Rays fans and fundraising efforts, Thanksmas also presented more than $20,000 to the Salvation Army centers in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton, the Sallie House and the Homeless Emergency Project.  

Throughout this year's Thanksmas, current and former Rays players, Rays coaches, broadcasters and front office staff will serve meals to those in need.

For more information and to donate, visit raysbaseball.com/thanksmas.

2014 THANKSMAS SCHEDULE

Date

 

Time

Location

Rays in Attendance

Mon

December 15

5:30 p.m.

The Sallie House, St. Petersburg

Jake McGee, Tom Foley, Toby Hall, Roberto Hernandez, Andy Sonnanstine, Dewayne Staats, Dave Wills, Neil Solondz

Tue

December 16

Noon

St. Petersburg Salvation Army

Alex Cobb, Tom Foley, Jamie Nelson, Toby Hall, Dewayne Staats, Dave Wills, Neil Solondz

 

 

4:30 p.m.

Tampa Salvation Army

Tim Beckham, Matt Joyce, Tom Foley, Orestes Destrade, Toby Hall, Dave Wills, Neil Solondz

Wed

December 17

5:30 p.m.

Homeless Emergency Project

Tim Beckham, Jake Odorizzi, Tom Foley, Lance Carter, Mike DiFelice, Todd Kalas, Dewayne Staats, Dave Wills, Neil Solondz

Thu

December 18

6:30 p.m.

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

Nick Franklin, Stan Boroski, Jim Hickey, Johnny Damon, Dave Wills, Neil Solondz

Fri

December 19

12:30 p.m.

Bradenton Salvation Army

Alex Cobb, Jake McGee, Dave Wills, Neil Solondz