Rangers to Participate in Cowboy Santas Program for 2011 Holiday Season

The Texas Rangers announced today that the club will participate in the Cowboy Santas Program during the 2011 holiday season.

Rangers left-handed pitcher Derek Holland will serve as the Honorary Spokesperson for the program, which provides toys to children from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season. Former Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and his wife Rosie are the Honorary Chairpeople for the 2011 Cowboy Santas.

“The Texas Rangers are proud to participate in the 2011 Cowboy Santas Program,” commented Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan. “This is a most worthwhile endeavor that will help make the holidays brighter for a number of Tarrant County youngsters.”

The Cowboy Santas Program results in the collection of thousands of new, unwrapped toys that are distributed to needy children in Tarrant County. Beginning tomorrow, Friday, December 2 and continuing through Thursday, December 15, individuals can drop off new unwrapped toys or books at either the Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Rangers Fort Worth Team Shop at 316 Main St., or the Rangers Dallas Team Shop at 2222 McKinney Ave., Suite 140 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Items may also be dropped off at all Fort Worth Police and Fire Departments and Community Centers and at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

On Thursday, December 15 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., the Rangers will sponsor a Cowboy Santas Donation Event near the Christmas tree at Main and 3rd Streets in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. Derek Holland as well as other current and former Rangers players will be on hand to sign autographs during this event, and donations of new unwrapped toys and books will be greatly encouraged. CBS11/TXA Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry will be broadcasting live from Sundance Square that evening as well.

Sponsors for the 2011 Cowboy Santas include the Texas Rangers Foundation, CBS11/TXA21 and Fox Sports Southwest.

For more information, please call 817-273-5207 or visit texasrangers.com.

More About Cowboy Santas:
The Cowboy Santas Program Inc. is a non-profit program that provides toys to children from low-income Tarrant County families, during the holiday season. The program began in 1981 at several Fort Worth Community Centers, and over the last two decades, the program has grown to cover all of Tarrant County. Cowboy Santas Program is recognized by the Internal Revenue Services as a 501 C(3) charitable organization.

The program is headquartered in the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department. During the 2010 holiday season, Cowboy Santas provided toys for more than 12,500 children from more than 5,000 families. Families must have income at or below 150% of the Federal Income Guidelines and children must be 12 years old or under. More information is available at CowboySantas.org