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SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Fans hold up flags on the anniversary of 9/11 prior to the start of the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 11, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 24-17. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Next Thursday the Chargers take on the Chiefs in their third primetime game in four weeks.
Last time the Chargers saw the Chiefs was during week 4 in Arrowhead, and the Bolts won 37-20.
That game was special because it was the Chargers’ first away win of the season. This game with the Chiefs will be special too, but for a different reason.
On Thursday, the Chargers will be collecting canned food to donate to the San Diego Food Bank.
The players love the idea of using their place in the community to help their fellow San Diegans.
“Because we play a sport that’s built around entertainment, everybody watches when we do something. And anytime we stand for something, it turns heads it gets attention," said special teams’ captain Darrell Stuckey. "So, if we stand first and say ‘Hey, we want to collect food for this charity or this circumstance or this reason,’ then everybody else and our fans are going to stand with us, so it’s a big thing.”
“We’re so lucky to be able to play this game,” kicker Nick Novak said. “And make a career out of it so it’s our responsibility to always give back when we have the opportunity.”
There will be red bins located at all the stadium entrances where fans can drop off their donations. The items that are most needed are canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, soup and cereal.
And, there's an added incentive for donating.
The fan that donates the most canned food will be given a 50th Anniversary football signed by the team.
This Sunday the Chargers kick off against the Cleveland Browns at 10 A.M. Pacific time.