The New York Yankees Spread The Christmas Cheer

Published 12/18/2021, 1:25 PM EST


The New York Yankees held their 12th Annual Winter Wonderland program meant to distribute toys in under serviced communities. As a part of their Christmas initiative, the Yankees have been carrying out this program to make sure their community benefits just the same as them.

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Brian Smith, the Yankees Senior Vice President of Corporate Community Relations, said in a quote that while the side is and always will be a champion on the field, the object of the toy distribution campaign is to engage and be an active member of the community.

He added, “We’re happy to put a smile on these young peoples’ faces during the holiday season.

The Yankees have collaborated with Walmart for the supply of the toys and were also thankful to the logistics service that they used for the distribution campaign. This was the 4th consecutive year that the Yankees have partnered up with Walmart for this distribution campaign.

This year due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, most of the distribution was handled by local municipalities and wasn’t directly handled by the Yankees themselves. The Yankees have also thanked Clancy Moving for their help with the logistics.

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This drive is planned as running across December and will comprise the distribution of 7,000 toys across the month primarily due to city and State health guidelines.

Prior to the pandemic putting a slight dimmer on the whole affair, the Annual Fair used to run in the Grand Hall of the Yankees and included music, food, elaborate decorations and caroling. The night usually culminated in every kid being able to choose the gift that they wanted.

Others across the MLB

Alex Bregman, of the Houston Astros and his wife too got on the festive train. They joined with the non-profit Lily’s Toy Box to bring the Christmas cheer to Thornwood Elementary. A-Breg, who plays at third base and shortstop for the Astros, was drafted by the Houston franchise as a part of the 1st Round in 2015 and has been with them ever since.

And even though his last All Star season may have been in 2019, he sure was the MVP for the kids of Thornwood Elementary.

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Bregman took to the Houston streets in an effort to integrate with the city he has come to call home and undertook the distribution drive with his foundation, the Bregman Cares Foundation. Many from Houston lauded his efforts and expressed genuine happiness at seeing a player so involved with his local community.

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The Christmas spirit seems to be well and truly alive in the MLB and so it should. The MLB is in lockout until a new CLA is agreed and until then maybe the teams can get in the festive spirit too.

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.

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