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Griz players ask fans to donate toys at Nov. 17 GRIZ/CAT Football game

MISSOULA — Players on the Montana Grizzlies football team are leading an effort to give back to the community with the eighth annual Griz for Kids Toy Drive on Saturday, November 17, at The University of Montana.

Fans can drop off new, unwrapped toys or cash donations at all entrances to Washington-Grizzly Stadium before the Griz game against Montana State University. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Those unable to attend the game can make cash donations at all Missoula Federal Credit Union locations and credit union members can donate online. Cash donations will be used to purchase needed items such as clothing for teens and pre-teens, books and art supplies.

Last year’s drive brought in thousands of toys for western Montana children in need during the holiday season. This year, linebacker Jordan Tripp is in charge of organizing the drive. Tripp hopes to top last year’s event when Griz fans filled three delivery trucks with bags of toys and contributed more than $3,000 in cash donations.

“Griz for Kids is a great cause that allows the community to give to those less fortunate,” Tripp said. “The true gift is that children in need will have a better holiday season because of the fans’ generosity.”

The gifts will be distributed to Mountain Home Montana, Head Start/Child Start, Child and Family Services, Youth Homes Inc., Missoula Indian Services, Watson Children’s Shelters, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, WORD/Futures Program, A.W.A.R.E and Early Head Start.

Sponsors of the event include UM and the Montana Grizzlies in partnership with Mountain Broadcasting, Max Media (ABC 23 and FOX 23.1), Missoula Federal Credit Union and Beach Transportation. The event is held in conjunction with 102.5 Mountain FM’s Mountain of Giving Toy Drive.

For more information call University Relations at 406-243-5478.

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