BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ravens fans are supporting their team in many different ways, and that includes the youngest fans.

Ron Matz reports for the second straight year, they’re sending letters to the players on their favorite team.

Ray Rice is just one of many Ravens players who visit Baltimore-area schools during the season. Now young fans can send letters to the players or draw them a picture, encouraging Ray and the team to win the “Duel in Denver.”

“We’re doing letters to the Ravens again for the second week of the playoffs. We’re encouraging all young fans to come in and write letters or draw pictures to encourage our players and coaching staff. Everything’s going to be collected later this afternoon,” said Katie Bollinger.

The letters are placed in a purple mailbox and taken to the Ravens training facility in Owings Mills.

“We’ll be displaying these on the cafeteria windows at the facility in Owings Mills so the players will stop and see them and read them. They really appreciate all the hard work the fans do for them,” Bollinger said.

Fans are heading to the Waverly Giant, where store manager Sheldon Williams says they’re buying Ravens tailgate baskets, big cookies, Ravens cakes and anything which has the number 52.

“We’re definitely in Ravens mode. We have the Baltimore Ravens mail service. We hope some kids will come out and draw some pictures of their favorite Ravens players. They’ll be posted at the Under Armour training facility in Owings Mills,” Williams said. “Our folks here at Giant are definitely psyched up about it. All the customers talk about when they come in is the Ravens and we love it.”

And the talk will continue all week.

“Giving back to the community is huge for the Ravens organization. On Tuesdays, the players visit schools and hospitals. On Friday, we’ll be at two more schools in the Purple Friday Caravan to bring a little purple pride,” Bollinger said.

The special purple mailboxes are located at more than 50 area Giant Food locations.


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