The Mets Employee Engagement Program provides Mets employees with monthly volunteer opportunities at local community organizations. Employees have helped care for dogs and cats at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, read books to children at the Pajama Program in Manhattan, and served meals to people in need at the New York Common Pantry in East Harlem.
The Mets and Hain Celestial hosted the annual Summer Food Drive in June. The food drive benefitted The River Fund NY, a hunger-relief organization based in Richmond Hill, Queens. Fans who donated at least 10 non-perishable items received a voucher good for two tickets to a Mets home game in 2017. Mets fans donated 13,000 pounds of food. Wives of Mets players and coaches along with Mets legend Mookie Wilson helped collect food and thank fans for their donations
The Mets Wives have been lending a helping hand to various initiatives and events this season. The Wives have helped collect food during the Summer Food Drive, volunteered to clean kennels and walk animals at the North Shore Animal League and helped raise money for enCourage Kids.
Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson and Mets legend John Franco visited the September 11 memorial & Museum to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the tragic day. Alderson and Franco paid their respects at the memorial and toured the different exhibits. After the museum, the two visited FDNY Engine 10 and Ladder 10, the firehouse across the street from the World Trade Center site, to meet and hand out t-shirts to the members of the firehouse. David Wright visited FDNY Engine 39 & Ladder 16 on the Upper East Side, which lost two firefighters that day. Wright met with firefighters and had lunch with the group.
For the past four years, the Mets have teamed up with our partners at Bloomberg LP to hold Bike Builds to benefit children in New York City. Volunteers from both companies have built more than 3,000 bikes that have been distributed to children in underserved areas. In the latest build in June, the Mets and Bloomberg worked with Citi for their Global Community Day to build bikes for the YMCA and other community organizations.
Since 2009, the annual winter and summer blood drives at Citi Field have drawn over 10,000 donors. Fans who donate receive a pair of tickets to a future Mets game.
The Mets expanded their MetsGiving initiative to encompass a series of programs in November and December that focus on helping our community during the holiday season. The events feature our players, front-office staff and fans all working together to give back and help those who are underserved in our community.
The Mets distributed 700 turkeys across the five boroughs over two days to help families in need celebrate Thanksgiving. General Manager Sandy Alderson distributed turkeys to families in Richmond Hill while infielder Jose Reyes did the same with students at MS 72 in South Jamaica. Infielder T.J. Rivera and his wife, Ashton, joined Mets employees in delivering complete Thanksgiving meals to families in Corona and Elmhurst.
The Mets hosted 125 children from surrounding Queens schools at Citi Field for the annual Kids Holiday party. The festivities included lunch, games and holiday performances from each school. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard dressed up as Santa while teammates Jose Reyes and Brandon Nimmo dressed up as elves to help hand out presents to the children. Mr. and Mrs. Met joined the Mets players to distribute presents as well.
The Mets hosted their first Holiday Shopping Spree to help some local children purchase presents for their families this holiday season. The Mets worked with The River Fund New York to pre-select 14 children from the New York City area to participate in the shopping spree. Pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, outfielder Brandon Nimmo and front-office employees helped the children select presents for their family and themselves.
Mets provide annual support to the New York Cares Coat Drive with their own "Warm-Up" Holiday Coat Drive at Citi Field. During the 2016 Coat Drive, more than 1,300 coats were collected. Mets Pitcher Zack Wheeler stopped by and donated more than 60 jackets worn by Mets players during the season. Fans who donated one or more coats received a pair of tickets to a Mets game.
The entire Mets front office donned aprons and rolled up their sleeves to make 6,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to help feed the hungry during this holiday season. The sandwiches were made as part of the organization's annual company-wide volunteer holiday initiative. The Mets partnered with St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters and all the sandwiches made were distributed in the Pantries' bag lunch program.