Toys for Tots Drive to Be Held at Saturday's Wyoming-Air Force Game

Sept. 21, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Toys for Tots, a national program established by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve back in 1948, will be collecting toys for needy children in southeastern Wyoming at this Saturday's Wyoming-Air Force football game.

Fans wishing to donate to the program can bring new, unwrapped toys or cash donations to any War Memorial Stadium entrance gate at Saturday's game and those toys will be collected by representatives of the Wyoming Fleet Reserve and several other volunteer groups in the Laramie community.

The Wyoming Fleet Reserve is made up of Marine, Navy and Coast Guard Reserve members. Other groups involved in planning and sponsoring this event are the wives of the University of Wyoming Football coaching staff, the UW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Laramie Ladies' Auxiliary.

Toys for Tots is a national program that collects toys for needy children. The toys collected are then distributed during the Holiday season. Marine Gunny Sergeant Adrian Rodriguez is the statewide coordinator for Toys for Tots in the state of Wyoming.

The University of Wyoming Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was approached by the Wyoming Fleet Reserve to help coordinate the Toys for Tots drive at a Wyoming Football game this fall, and along with the UW Football coaches' wives have assisted in coordinating this Saturday's event.

Similar Toys for Tots drives have been held through the years at University of Wyoming sporting events, and the generosity of Cowboy fans has always been amazing. Saturday's game kicks off from War Memorial Stadium in Laramie at 2:30 p.m.