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Holiday Store Opening/Santa Visits December 1

November 20, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) Long Island Ducks

(Central Islip, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2012) - The Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks today announced that the Waddle In Shop, the team's official merchandise store, will re-open for the holiday season on Saturday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. The shop will remain open through Thursday, Dec. 20 with hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The holiday shopping kickoff on Dec. 1 will feature visits from Buddy Harrelson, QuackerJack and of course, Santa Claus! Fans will be able to browse a wide range of official Ducks merchandise, including authentic game-worn jerseys from the Ducks' 2012 Championship season. Brand new apparel including t-shirts, sweatshirts and polos to commemorate the Ducks' Atlantic League title, will also be available. There's something for each and every Ducks fan, so be sure to stop by and enjoy the fun!

In conjunction with the opening, the Ducks will be collecting new, unwrapped toys at Bethpage Ballpark between Dec. 1 and 17 during store hours for those spending the holidays in the hospital. The toys will be delivered by members of the Ducks' Street Team, powered by National Grid, to the pediatric units at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and North Shore LIJ/Southside Hospital. Pediatric patients range from newborn to 24 years of age. Hospitals have made the following suggestions for gifts based on the age of patients:

Newborn-12 Months: Rattles, stuffed animals, board books, bibs

1-3 Years: Shape sorters, soft bath books, pop-up toys, ring stacks

4-7 Years: Board games, action figures, sticker sets, books

8-11 Years: Arts and crafts kits, board games, card games, new release videos (G & PG)

12-18 Years: Music/movie gift certificates, electronic games, journals, sports items, new release videos (PG & PG-13)

18 and Up: Restaurant/music/movie gift cards, new release videos or DVDs, comfort items, sports items

Gifts for Any Age: Pillows, blankets, gift cards, holiday items, disposable cameras

If fans cannot make it during Waddle In Shop hours, the Ducks will also be accepting donations at the Bethpage Ballpark executive offices Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

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