December 5, 2007
The Golden Gopher Student-Athlete Activity Committee (SAAC) will hold its annual holiday toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 8, at both the Minnesota men's and women's basketball games at Williams Arena. This year's toy drive benefits the St. Joseph's Home for Children.
Minnesota fans are encouraged to bring a gift or a monetary donation to the game to help those in need this holiday season. Gifts are for children from infants to teenagers, with an emphasis on gifts for teenagers. The toy drive will take place in the Williams Arena concourses with members of SAAC will be on hand to collect the donations.
"This toy drive is another excellent example of how our Golden Gopher student-athletes look to give back to the community," said Minnesota Director of Athletics Joel Maturi. "Please support the SAAC Committee in their effort to make this holiday season just a little brighter for an underprivileged youth in our community."
St. Joseph's Home for Children cares for children in need by addressing immediate needs for shelter and stability and offering long-term solutions to emotional and behavioral issues. A program of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, St. Joe's specializes in assessment, crisis intervention and residential programming, especially for children with severe emotional and behavioral problems. St. Joe's serves children and their families from the Twin Cities area and beyond and provides central intake services for all Hennepin County children removed from their homes due to abuse or instability.
The Gopher women play host to Utah at 12 noon on Saturday. The men face Colorado State at 7 p.m.