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Second installment of New England Revolution charitable drive scheduled for Saturday

Posted by Ryan Butler  August 15, 2013 08:11 PM

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On Saturday, Aug. 17, the New England Revolution will be collecting school supplies between 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. before their game at Gillette Stadium against the Chicago Fire.

Fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used supplies. Those who do will receive an autographed Revolution player card.

All proceeds will support Boston’s Cradles to Crayons, an organization founded in 2002 that, according to its website, “provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive -- at home, at school and at play.”

In Boston, Cradles has distributed over 55,000 packages, many to BPS families.

On Wednesday, Revolution players Kevin Alston and Kelyn Rowe and mascot Slyde took nine middle school students on a shopping spree at a Staples in Brighton, where Staples generously donated $1,000 worth of school supplies toward Saturday’s collection.

Here's a video of the shopping spree.

This is the second installment of a charitable drive series of three that began July 13 and will end Sept. 21 during the Revolution’s final home game of the season against D.C. United.

Donations will be accepted at the Bank of America gate and the NRG plaza.

For a video depicting the Staples shopping spree, click here.

Ryan M. Butler covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at butler.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @butler.globe or @BPSspts.

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