Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Back To School Drive

For the second consecutive year, The Wives and Girlfriends of Our Washington Nationals will be present at New Nationals Park for their special cause. The Ladies will be on hand this Saturday and Sunday to accept your donations of any New School Supplies for needy children in Washington, DC. These supplies will be given to a District School this coming Fall by Our Washington Nationals.

Also, Marines representing the Toys For Tots Literacy Program will also be on hand to receive your charitable gifts of new books for the many kids this coming school year wanting.

Donations will be accepted at The Center Field Gate to New Nationals Park on both Saturday and Sunday (August 2nd and 3rd) before and during the scheduled games between Our Washington Nationals and The Cincinnati Reds. The Ladies & Girlfriends will be stationed at their special table near Half & N Streets, SE until the end of the 4th inning each day. For Saturday Evening, your gifts are welcome beginning at 4:30PM. For Sunday Afternoon--beginning at 11:30AM.

If you are willing or want to participate in this Special Back To School Drive for the Kids--please read the press release below--which contains complete details of the many NEW ITEMS wanted for this worthy cause.


The Washington Nationals and The UPS Store® have partnered for the Nationals First Ladies Second Annual Back-to-School Drive on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, when the team faces the Cincinnati Reds. The First Ladies - Nationals players’ wives and girlfriends - and volunteers from The UPS Store® and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves will collect new school supplies outside of the Center Field Gate when gates open (4:30pm on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday) through the end of the fourth inning. Supplies needed include, but are not limited to, backpacks, rulers, packs of pencils, pencil boxes, calculators, spiral and composition notebooks, loose leaf binders and paper, pocket folders, glue sticks, crayons, and new lunchboxes. The team will also collect new children’s books to benefit the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and The UPS Store®. For more information on this initiative, visit

“According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 33 percent of all fourth graders in this country still cannot read at even the basic level,” states The UPS Store® owner, Mariana Huberman. “With Nationals fans’ help, we hope to provide children in need with the resources to help them succeed now and in the future.”

The Nationals and The UPS Store® will give the school supplies and books collected during the drive to a District school in September. Through the Nationals longtime partnership with The Heart of America Foundation, the selected school will also be the beneficiary of a new reading corner in their library donated by the team and The UPS Store®. A reading corner is a warm, inviting area where students can spend time reading and learning.

About The UPS Store®

The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc. retail locations are franchised by Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS subsidiary. Together The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc. locations comprise the world's largest franchise network of retail shipping, postal and business service centers, with more than 5,900 locations around the world. In the United States, The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc. locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. Outside the United States, locations are owned and operated by MBE master licensees or their franchisees. For additional information, please visit or

About Heart of America

Heart of America Foundation’s® mission is to teach the values at the heart of America and to help people, particularly children, learn that they help themselves when they help others. Their goal is to give children everywhere the tools they need to read, succeed and make a difference.


Anonymous said...


Thanks for keeping the human element in our home town baseball team.
Yes, folks it is way more than winning and loosing for those of us who don't play between the lines.
Unfortunately, these stories don't get in the main stream press.

Keep it up Sohna and Jeff!

Steve Walker said...


Commenting on earlier posts:

I'm amazed at the attendance - quite nice given the team's struggles.

The team does need a new approach to hitting - tonight, 8-5, Zim on second, pitcher struggling, Kearns swings at the first pitch and grounds out. About the 100th time the Nats have done that -- other teams know it and the guys won't adjust -- it's another example of the need to get a new hitting coach.

I'm with you on the rest of the year - clear out the deadwood (FLOP and PLod first to go) and let the kids play, learn and inject some enthusiasm.

Interesting thing -- Manny Acta loves sabrmetrics and knows how impt On-base % and OPS is, but Bowden keeps bringing in "toolsy" guys who make outs by the bushel and can't get on base. Isn't there an inherent conflict there?

After the Nats beat the Orioles on Belliard's HR, Balt. mgr Trembley said he liked Manny and then said, "I know he'd like to do some things Bowden won't let him do" (or something like that) -- no reporter followed up on that...Trembley and Acta are old friends...any clue to what he meant?

I think (and hope) the front office lets Bowden go, but I'm glad they are showing patience as an organization.

Anonymous said...

Nice information..! Well, I will plan to come and participate in this special back to school drive.