Join the Free Jacks Toy Drive: Bringing Joy to Franciscan Children’s Hospital at the International Free Jacks Festival, Sunday, May 5, 2024.

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Join the Free Jacks Toy Drive: Bringing Joy to Franciscan Children’s Hospital at the International Free Jacks Festival, Sunday, May 5, 2024.

As the rugby season kicks into high gear, the New England Free Jacks are not only preparing for an exhilarating match up against Chicago Hounds, but are rallying fans for a heartwarming cause. This Sunday at the Free Jacks International Festival, In partnership with The Patriots Foundation and Franciscan Children’s, the Free Jacks are hosting a toy drive to bring smiles and comfort to the young patients at Franciscan Children’s Hospital–a psychiatric and rehab hospital for kids operated by Boston Children’s

The toy drive is accompanied by the Patriots Foundation and by two Former New England Patriots and Free Jacks owners, Nate Ebner and Patrick Chung. Nate and Patrick will be putting on a tackle clinic for High School athletes from 9:45am. Providing tackle specific development training to those who are currently playing rugby, football, or have an interest in learning more about contact sports. Read more about the clinic here

All Free Jacks fans are encouraged to bring toy donations with them to the game. Alternatively fans can purchase a Woodgy Doll from the Pro Shop and donate it to Franciscan Children’s at one of the drop off locations.

About Franciscan Children’s:

For over 70 years, Franciscan Children’s has been a beacon of hope and healing for children and adolescents with complex medical, mental health, and educational needs. Situated in Brighton, Massachusetts, Franciscan Children’s stands as the only pediatric post-acute provider in New England, catering to the most intricate challenges with unwavering dedication.

The spirit of compassion and commitment permeates every aspect of Franciscan Children’s care, empowering each child to reach their fullest potential. From medical expertise to therapeutic interventions, every effort is made to ensure that these young individuals can live their best lives despite the obstacles they face.

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About the Toy Drive:

 The Free Jacks are extending their support to Franciscan Children’s Hospital by organizing a toy drive at this weekend’s International Festival. This initiative aims not only to provide much-needed entertainment but also to foster a sense of joy and connection for the young patients undergoing treatment.

All attendees of the May 5th game are encouraged to participate by bringing along a brand-new toy to donate to this noble cause. It’s essential to adhere to specific guidelines to ensure the safety and appropriateness of the donations:

  • All donations must be new, odor-free, and in their original packaging.
  • Avoid items such as used toys, collector items, and those with violent or culturally insensitive themes.
  • Toys must have been purchased within the last six months.
  • Gift-wrapped items will be unwrapped prior to distribution.
  • Please refrain from donating medical supplies, food, or religious-themed items.

For those eager to contribute but seeking guidance on suitable items, the following list offers some suggestions:

  • Interactive toys (e.g., puzzles, board games, coloring books)
  • Stuffed animals and dolls
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Age-appropriate books and educational materials
  • Your generosity can make a significant difference in brightening the days of young patients at Franciscan Children’s Hospital. Together, we can create moments of joy and alleviate some of the challenges they face during their journey to recovery.

Fans are asked to drop off their donations beside the box office, or at the entry to Welch field for anyone taking part in the tackle clinic. 

Let’s unite in the spirit of giving and show our support for the young warriors at Franciscan Children’s Hospital. Bring a toy, share a smile, and join us as we make a difference, one gift at a time. Go Free Jacks!



Date: May 5th

Location: Veterans Memorial Stadium, 850 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02170

Contact: For any inquiries, please reach out to Thomas Grant at

Written By:

Oliver Gilpin

Director of Brand and Creative @ New England Free Jacks

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