Bobcats host Holiday Gift Drive at basketball games on Saturday, Dec. 7

Bobcat fans have an opportunity to help homeless youth in Maine at Saturday's women's and men's basketball doubleheader against Saint Joseph's. (Samuel Mironko '21 for Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates Athletic Department is teaming up with New Beginnings to help homeless youth in Maine by accepting donations for their holiday gift drive at the women's and men's basketball games on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Alumni Gym.

Every fan that brings a donation will be entered into a halftime raffle to win some Bates athletics gear.

Here's what to bring:

Toiletry Kits: Bring a whole kit or bring one item. Two-gallon zip-top plastic bag filled with new, full-size hygiene items including a comb, deodorant, liquid body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, razor, shaving cream, toothbrush, and toothpaste (labelled for M/F/X).

NEW Gifts (Adult sizes): Warm Winter Socks; Power Boost Sticks, Thumb Drives; New Underwear, Sweat Pants, Leggings, & Pajama Pants; Art Supplies; Watches, Backpacks & String Bags; Lego sets; Playing Cards & Games; Slippers; Coloring/Game books; Journals; Jewelry; Perfume, Lotions, Make-up, and Hair Products for all hair/skin types.

New Beginnings holiday gift bags will be given to 100+ youth in their shelter, transitional living and outreach programs in Lewiston, Augusta and Farmington, Maine. New Beginnings has served runaway and homeless youth and Maine families in crisis since 1980. The organization provides an essential "safety net" for young people in Maine who don't have stable family support and are at risk of homelessness. You can learn more about New Beginnings at

The Bates women's basketball team will take on Saint Joseph's at 2 p.m. in a non-conference contest, and the Bobcat men will also face Saint Joseph's in a non-conference action at 4 p.m.