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Scheppers helps Rangers kick off Cowboy Santas toy drive

Tanner Scheppers has been a busy man.

The Texas Rangers’ right-handed pitcher has popped up around the area in recent weeks helping with the club’s various community work.

On Tuesday, Scheppers and wife Jessica were at a warehouse north of downtown Fort Worth to help kick off the Rangers’ association with the Cowboy Santas Toy Drive. Tanner and Jessica are serving as the program’s honorary spokespersons and will be on hand from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Globe Life Park for the Cowboy Santas Toy Drive Finale. Current and former players will sign autographs in the center field Vandergriff Plaza area, the Rangers KidsZone will be open, and holiday movies will be shown on the video screen.

“It’s just great at this time of year to be able to give to families and help out people that are in need,” Tanner Scheppers said. “This is one of the best organizations I’ve come across. There are great people working here and they’re super excited to be able to help out 10,000 families.”

Cowboy Santas collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them to children 12 and under from low-income families in Tarrant County. The Rangers have been a partner the past four years.

“I think giving back is what we’re supposed to do, especially in [Tanner’s] role in life,” Jessica Scheppers said. “We’ve been given a lot, so we need to give back. It’s what the holidays are all about: love, family, making memories.”

The Rangers will hold sales events at Rangers Team Shops on Dec. 11-12. Scheppers will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Fort Worth Team Shop. Outfielder Michael Choice will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Dallas Team Shop. At both events, Rangers Mystery Baseballs, signed by current and former players, will be sold for $20. Proceeds benefit the Rangers Foundation and Cowboy Santas. Other memorabilia will be available. Unwrapped toy donations are encouraged at these events.

Scheppers recently started sand workouts with Derek Holland at a local sand volleyball facility, said he’ll start throwing with Holland on Dec. 15.

His arm feels good, he said.

“I’m super excited to start and get last year behind us,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing some baseball.”

In the meantime, he’ll keep busy helping the community.

“Anything and everything, I’m willing to help out,” he said. “This is really what it’s all about, especially this time of year.”

To donate:

Fans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children 12 and under.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 16

Where: Rangers Fort Worth Team Shop, 316 Main St.

Rangers Dallas Team Shop, 2222 McKinney Ave., Suite 140

Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop, Globe Life Park in Arlington

Fort Worth Police and Fire Stations

More information: Call 817-273-5207 or visit Cowboy Santas at www.cowboysantas.org

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