BRIDGEPORT, Conn (Dec. 1, 2010) – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have announced the start of their annual holiday toy drive that will run through their Sunday, Dec. 19 game vs. Portland.

The Sound Tigers will work in conjunction with the Bridgeport Fire Department to gather toys and teddy bears to be distributed to children and families in the local community. Fans are encouraged to donate during the Sound Tigers upcoming home games on Saturday, Dec. 4, Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 17-19. Fans can also donate throughout the week by bringing toys to the Sound Tigers front office at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The toys and teddy bears donated to the Sound Tigers Annual Holiday Toy Drive will be distributed by Sound Tigers players as well as Sound Tigers front office staff members.

Prior to the start of the Sound Tigers game against Worcester on Saturday, Dec. 18, the Bridgeport Fire Department will play charity hockey game against the Worcester Fire Department to assist the families of Bridgeport Firefighter Michel Baik and Lt. Steven Velasquez. Baik and Velasquez were tragically killed in the line of duty on July 24, 2010 in Bridgeport.

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