Doug Reid is one busy card show promoter this month. And a lot of underprivileged kids are lucky he–and guys like Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Chuck James–are on their side this holiday season.
He’s been promoting sports card and memorabilia shows for 14 years but none give Tucker, Georgia resident Doug Reid more satisfaction that the one that helps the Marine Corps with its annual Toys For Tots toy drive.
Kids and adults alike receive tickets to be redeemed for autographs with every toy donated, a practice that makes both the autograph seekers and the children who benefit from them happy.
He brings in local athletes to sign, most of whom donate an hour of their time. Promising Braves’ pitcher Chuck James was even more generous and the result was a huge donation that bought toys for hundreds of kids.
“We’ve been able to help a lot of kids who wouldn’t have Christmas otherwise,” said Reid. “We get a lot of satisfaction out of it. It’s definitely a labor of love.”