Upper Deck Partners with Cards2Kids for Toronto Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo Donation Drive

Upper Deck Partners with Cards2Kids for Toronto Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo Donation Drive

Upper Deck has announced a new partnership with Cards2Kids, a 501(c) charity that facilitates the donation of sports cards to children who otherwise could not afford them. John Makowiec, the teenager who founded the organization, recently approached Upper Deck about holding a donation drive at the Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo in Toronto, Ontario from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13.  Soon after a plan was hashed out and Upper Deck pledged their support for the cause.

Collectors attending the popular weekend show are encouraged to donate any hockey cards in their collection to the Upper Deck corporate booth. Representatives from Cards2Kids will be on hand to help accept the donations and answer questions about the program. Once the show is finished Upper Deck and Cards2Kids will donate all the donated cards to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

"I am really excited to have the opportunity to be involved in one of the largest sports card events in the world," said John Makowiec, founder of Cards2Kids. “This will be Cards2Kids' first opportunity to show the entire sports card community what we are trying to do, which is spread the joy of sports cards to as many kids as possible. In particular, we look forward to helping kids at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. I am really appreciative of Upper Deck and their willingness to help us in our mission to give sports Cards2Kids who are sick or cannot afford them."

“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with Cards2Kids on their first international donation drive," said Chris Carlin, sports marketing & social media manager for Upper Deck. “The card collecting community has big hearts so I fully anticipate we will see collectors donating several thousands of cards throughout the weekend to help with this very worthy philanthropic initiative."

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Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.

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