STOCKTON, Calif. –The Stockton Thunder, a two-time recipient of the ECHL “Award of Excellence,” announced an event record 1,242 coats were donated at Stockton Arena for the team’s annual “Coats for Kids” drive, presented by News10, AAA and KAT Country 103, before the Thunder game on Sunday against the Victoria Salmon Kings at 4:00 p.m.
Fans who brought a new or gently-used coat to the game received a free ticket voucher to the game, helping the Thunder draw over 14,000 fans for back-to-back games on Saturday vs. Idaho and Sunday vs. Victoria.
A traditional event each year before a Sunday home game with the Thunder partnering with KXTV-TV News10, all coats collected are donated through the Salvation Army to underprivileged children during the winter season. Last year, over 600 coats were collected for the cause.
The Thunder has helped collect and donate a total of over 5,600 coats during the winter season, since the event began in 2005-06.