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Cardinals and Gila River Partner to Hold Holiday Food Drive

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Tempe, AZ – The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and Gila River will join forces for a holiday food drive benefiting St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance prior to Sunday's 2:15 p.m. Cardinals-Detroit Lions game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Wives and girlfriends of players and front office personnel will team with 35 volunteers from St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and Cardinals Cheerleaders at collection points outside of all five stadium gates. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or money for donation.

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance will be selling a football themed plush turkey stuffed animal as part of their "Buy A Bird" program at the Gila River booth (Section 117) during the game.

In its ninth year, "Buy-A-Bird" introduces the newest member of the family--Touchdown Turkey. For $20, a donor can help feed Arizona families in need and receive an adorable plush turkey as a reminder of their generous holiday gift. For more information, log onto www.BuyABird.org.

This year's food drive will kick off with a 1,000 can donation from the Campbell Chunky Soup "Click for Cans" promotion. For more information about "Click for Cans" log onto www.chunky.com.

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 675 sites that serve the hungry. Serving 13 of Arizona's 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. Last year, the Food Bank distributed approximately 51 million pounds of food to families and individuals, provided enough food for 200,000 meals every day, and garnered 235,000 service hours from nearly 60,000 volunteers. Visit online at http://www.FirstFoodBank.org for more information.

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