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Revolution schedules charitable drives for fans

On Monday, the New England Revolution released the dates for its 2014 charitable drives for fans this season, with beneficiaries including MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center, Project Goal, Cradles to Crayons, USO and Greater Boston Food Bank. The Revolution will collect the goods at home games at Gillette Stadium.

Fans who make a donation to the charitable drives at the stadium will receive an autographed Revolution player card. Donations will be accepted 90 minutes before kickoff through the first 15 minutes of the match.

· Sunday, June 8 vs. New York Red Bulls: Pet supplies to benefit MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center

· Saturday, June 28 vs. Philadelphia Union: Soccer equipment to benefit Project GOAL

· Saturday, August 23 vs. Chivas USA: School supplies to support Cradles to Crayons

· Saturday, Sept. 13 vs. Montreal Impact: Military “comforts of home” items to benefit the USO

· Saturday, Oct. 4 vs. Columbus Crew: non-perishable food items to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank

The June 8 pet supply collection will benefit the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center. Blankets, towels, sheets, canned food, treats and durable toys are always needed, and a complete list of items needed for various types of animals is available at the MSPCA-Angell website.

The soccer equipment drive on June 28 will include new or gently-used soccer equipment that will be donated to Project GOAL, a Rhode Island-based program that facilitates the development of the area’s disadvantaged youth through after-school tutoring and soccer-related programs. Soccer balls, cleats, shin guards, water bottles, pinnies and cones are all needed to support Project GOAL’s programming.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Revolution will collect school supplies to support Boston’s Cradles to Crayons, which provides children up to the age of 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with essential items. Notebooks, pencils, pens, binders and other school supplies will be collected.

Fans can donate items that provide military members the “comforts of home,” donating New England-based items to remind them of their home region in conjunction with the USO New England on Sept. 13. Items and gift cards from local coffee shops, beverages and snacks from regional companies can help cheer up service men and women.

Non-perishable food items that will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank will be collected at the final charitable drive on Oct. 4. Last year, the GBFB distributed enough to provide meals to 545,000 people.

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