Student Santas Selling Cardinal Baseball Tickets to Prepare for Holiday Toy Drive

Toy DriveCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 17, 2010 – The Southeast Missouri State University Student Santas are selling tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres game on Sept. 18 to support their annual holiday season toy drive.

The St. Louis Cardinals will host the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium at 3:10 p.m. Tickets are for outfield loge box seats and can be purchased from the Student Santas for a discounted price of $30.

All proceeds benefit the Student Santa program.

The non-profit organization, run through the state of Missouri, is also a recognized student organization on campus.  For the past six years, students from Southeast have been collecting and delivering toys, clothes and food to needy families.

Originally started in the Department of Communication Studies at Southeast with the COMMrades, students were given extra credit for bringing in toys to donate. The group has since grown, joining with other departments and developing community and business support.

Organization founder, Jennifer Icaza-Gast, said “We get letters from all over the state of Missouri from parents who are in desperate need of help. Student Santas has helped close to 5,000 kids to date during Christmas. Because we get so many letters, we run out of toys and have to scramble to get donations.”

The Student Santas have 500 tickets available for the Cardinal ballgame.

“If we sell all 500, we will have a ceremony at Busch Stadium the night of the game” and will be officially introduced, Icaza-Gast said. “We would also get to do the honorary first pitch and get scoreboard recognition. This would be a great benefit to our organization.”

The group’s collection goal for the upcoming holiday season is to collect 8,000 toys from across the region. The promotion from the game could go a long way to helping reach that target, Icaza-Gast said.

Student Santas annually hold a toy drive throughout southeast Missouri and are planning their second annual “Sweatin`” with Santa Walk/Run. This year’s 5K Walk/Run is planned for Saturday, Oct 9. Former Cardinals first baseman and current FOX Sports Midwest game analyst Jack Clark will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos.

For more information or to order St. Louis Cardinals tickets, contact Icaza-Gast at (573) 651-2241 or jgast@semo.edu.