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Yankees Give Back To Community With Canned Food Drive

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi collects canned food at Yankee Stadium - Bronx, NY - Dec 14, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi collects canned food at Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY – Dec 14, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Can, cans, and more cans of food filled Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was on hand to help collect some of it.

“I mean, there were some people that brought in 1,500 pounds, 700 pounds. It just shows you the generosity of the people in our community and how important it is for them to give back,” Girardi told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond.

The team rewarded the generosity with two tickets for every thirty pounds of food donated.

Joe Chipora of Warwick donated 300 pounds.

“I got enough for 22 seats. It’s great. They do it every year. I mean, if I can help out, it’s the best team money can buy,” he said.

Fans Terry Feeder and Heather Hanky of New Jersey carted in 200 pounds of food on a hand truck.

“We got to help each other. Times are tough everywhere. So, every little bit helps, and the added incentive by the Yankees is a bonus,” said Heather.

Deborah Tymon, senior vice president for marketing for the Yankees, says they gave out a lot of tickets.

“Before we even opened the doors, we had almost 70,000 pounds of food,” she said.

All of the food from the annual canned food drive will go to needy families in the Bronx.

What have you done to help the needy? Share your story in the comments section below!

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