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Republic FC to Celebrate Giving Season with Winter Wishlist Benefiting Students & Families in Need

November 23, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Sacramento Republic FC News Release

Sacramento, Calif. - This holiday season, Republic FC will launch its first Winter Wishlist benefiting students and families. This year the club's coat, toy, and food drive will directly benefit the 2,300 students in the Robla School District in North Sacramento. Like many school districts, the issues related to the pandemic have made it difficult to keep students engaged.

These challenges are exacerbated when the needs of the community are not met - upwards of 90% of the student families live at or below the federal poverty line, 20% of the students do not have a permanent address, broadband and internet connectivity are not always available, and there are no social or health services available in their own community.

Starting November 30 and running through December 18, Republic FC members and fans, Raley's customers and the community at-large are encouraged to bring new coats and toys for kids ages 5-12. With the support of club partners Raley's and KHTK, additional collection sites and events will be announced during the drive. In-person donation drop-offs will abide by local physical distancing guidelines, and sanitation standards for all items. Donations to purchase new coats and toys are also accepted at In addition to toys and coats, Republic FC and Raley's are collaborating to provide families with additional resources to purchase groceries.

"In the Robla School District we believe that every child can achieve greatness in life. Unfortunately, so many of our students face significant challenges every day. These challenges are related to living in poverty, unstable housing, and little or no access to important support services and the pandemic has only made things worse," said Robla School District Superintendent Ruben Reyes. "Coats, toys and food are things that many of us take for granted. Providing these items to Robla families may seem like a small gesture, but has the potential to have significant positive impact in the life of a child who is struggling."

"This is our opportunity to collect new jackets and new toys from the generous members of our community. And when these items are delivered, we will remind every single one of these 2,300 students that they are important and they are indomitable," said Republic FC President and COO Ben Gumpert. "As a community, we will continue to rally around those in need, provide comfort, and support the work of social service staff and beyond - including the the devoted team at Robla School District - who are invested in helping our regional youth grow and learn."

"We are committed to nourishing our communities through our actions and generously supporting our neighbors in need," said Becca Whitman, Raley's Senior Manager of Community Relations. "We are fortunate to have like-minded partners in Republic FC and extremely generous customers, who I know will rally around the students in Robla School District to make an impact this holiday season with much-needed donations of coats, toys and funds."

To help raise additional funds, Republic FC's incredibly popular Indomitable City scarf - initially launched to raise funds to provide free meals for vulnerable, home-bound seniors - will return. 100% of the net proceeds will be used to purchase more coats, toys and meals for the students and families in the Robla School District. The scarf is now available at the club's online team store -

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What to donate:


New and unwrapped only

Age appropriate for 5-12 year olds


New with tags only

Sizes: Youth XS - XL; Size 5 - 14

Donation Drop-Off Locations

Cal Expo Main Gate - 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA

Thursday, December 17th from 10 AM - 3 PM

Raley's Headquarters - 500 West Capitol Ave. Sacramento, CA 95605

Monday - Friday, November 30th - December 18th from 9 AM - 5 PM

Zocalo Midtown - 1801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811

Daily, November 30th - December 18th from 11 AM - Close

Bill Eads RV Dealership - 4409 Granite Drive, Suite B, Rocklin, CA 95677

Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bill Eads RV Service Center - 3221 Rippey Road, Suite 500, Loomis, CA 95650

Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 3:30PM

Hoblit Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM - 333 Main St, Woodland, CA 95695

Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM - 6:00PM

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