On Tuesday, November 24th, Springfield Thunderbirds’ mascot Boomer along with members of the Springfield Thunderbirds front office and MassMutual staff made a large donation of non-perishable food items to Friends of the Homeless in Springfield.
The donation, a sizable amount of food spanning multiple pallets, is the culmination of a successful "Thanks for Giving" program the Thunderbirds’ Foundation hosted for the month of November, with support from MassMutual. Supporters of the Thunderbirds were encouraged to visit the office or Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield to donate food, with the Nicebox Icebox parked outside the Thunderbirds office every Wednesday to receive donations.
“It was tremendous to see the generosity of so many individuals the past few weeks," said Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa. “Our sincerest thanks go out to all that supported the drive, including MassMutual. These past few months have been challenging, but we’re happy that we can continue to make an impact on our community through Foundation-related programs.”
Friends of the Homeless is a program operated by Clinical & Support Options (CSO) that provides shelter to more than 1,000 individual men and women each year and also assigns a case worker to each guest to help them find work, permanent homes, navigate assistance programs, and access behavioral and mental health support.
Tuesday's delivery continued a consistent track record of community involvement from the T-Birds Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established by the franchise to benefit causes in Springfield and surrounding Pioneer Valley communities. Over the summer, the T-Birds Foundation made a number of food deliveries to front line workers as part of the "From the Heart" campaign. During the month of October, the T-Birds Foundation made a donation of $15,000 to the Rays of Hope, supporting breast cancer research and awareness.
The mission of the T-Birds Foundation is to serve the Springfield community and the Pioneer Valley beyond every win and loss through a focus on providing and supporting initiatives in the areas of health and wellness, youth enrichment, and civil service. Donations can be made to the T-Birds Foundation at any time by visiting https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3391100.