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Lightning’s Steven Stamkos recruits Raptors’ Kyle Lowry for gift-giving

Through social media, the Lightning captain received a pledge from the Toronto guard to help give underserved families a memorable holiday.
The Raptors' Kyle Lowry, left, pledged to join the Lightning's Steven Stamkos, right, and Victor Hedman in donating money to help Metropolitan Ministries buy Christmas presents for families in need.
The Raptors' Kyle Lowry, left, pledged to join the Lightning's Steven Stamkos, right, and Victor Hedman in donating money to help Metropolitan Ministries buy Christmas presents for families in need. [ AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill; DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Dec. 16, 2020
Updated Dec. 18, 2020

TAMPA — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos found a fellow philanthropist through Twitter Wednesday in Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.

Stamkos announced that he and teammate Victor Hedman were donating $5,000 each to help Metropolitan Ministries buy Christmas presents for families in need.

Later in the day, Stamkos tweeted to the Raptors — who are calling Amalie Arena home for at least the first half of the upcoming NBA season — and specifically, Lowry.

Kyle Lowry, left, has played a major community-service role in Toronto since joining the Raptors in 2012.
Kyle Lowry, left, has played a major community-service role in Toronto since joining the Raptors in 2012. [ DAVID ZALUBOWSKI | AP ]

Four hours later, Lowry tweeted back, saying in part, “Count me in! Thanks for you and the Tampa community for sharing your home with us this season.”

Lowry added that he hadn’t forgotten the city where he has played a major community-service role since joining the Raptors in 2012, pledging that he would donate toys to the Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto.

Last month, Lowry and his wife, Ayahna, donated 200 hampers filled with grocery and pantry items for Thanksgiving meals in Toronto.

Stamkos responded by tweeting: Thanks. … Happy to have fellow champs in the building. Looking forward to you guys having a great season.”

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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