Yanks' captain spreads holiday cheer

Jeter, Turn 2 Foundation distribute $100,000 worth of toys

By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com

Santa and Derek Jeter help load gifts for Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation Holiday Toy Drive. (Mark Mandrake/Yankees)

12/19/2005 1:20 PM ET

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NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter embarked on his Turn 2 Holiday Express on Monday, spreading cheer to children throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Jeter made his first stop at Yankee Stadium, picking up a truckload of toys, many of which were donated by Yankees fans over the past week.

"Yankee fans deserve a lot of credit," Jeter said. "Last year, we raised about $50,000 worth of gifts and money for the Foundation, and this year we doubled it to about $100,000."

This marks the fourth consecutive year in which Jeter has taken time to brighten the holidays for kids in the New York area as part of his Turn 2 Foundation. This year's event will reward children who have demonstrated positive behavior, academic excellence and leadership qualities in school.

For this year's Kidsfest, Jeter and Turn 2 partnered with the Yankees and Modell's Sporting Goods.

"This is fun," said Jeter, standing in front of a Christmas tree with Santa Claus. "It's a part of the foundation that I really look forward to every Christmas."

Jeter's tour through New York will make stops at P.S. 128 in Washington Heights, St. John's Recreation Center in Brooklyn, St. James Recreation Center in The Bronx and the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center in Manhattan.

At each stop, there will be a holiday party hosted by Jeter's Leaders, a program made up of students recognized for their academic excellence, extracurricular activities and community service.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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