Missoula County Coverage

Nov 13, 2012 1:38 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Annual Griz for Kids Toy Drive starting up

MISSOULA - The University of Montana is kicking off their eighth annual Griz for Kids Toy Drive on Saturday, November 17, when the Griz play host to the Bobcats.

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, and all gifts are tax-deductible.

Folks can also make cash donations at all Missoula Federal Credit Union locations, and credit union members can donate online. Cash donations will be used to but things like clothing for teens and pre-teens, books and art supplies, according to a news release.

This year, Griz linebacker Jordan Tripp is in charge of organizing the drive, and 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.

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