On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, Tiger Resources for Youth, TRY, will host the 28th annual Toy Bowl at Tiger Stadium in La Junta beginning at 11 a.m. This year, eight teams are participating in the Toy Bowl. The purpose of the Toy Bowl is for each team to donate, toys, cash, or food to Tiger Resources for Youth, who in turns distributes the donations to those families in need during the holidays. Each team has been challenged to raise donations against their opponent, with a point total assigned to items collected: food – 1 point; toys – 2 points; and monetary – 3 points. The team that collects the most items versus their opponent will receive a trophy. Also, the team that collects the most items between all eight teams will also receive a trophy and a traveling flag to display in their lobby for an entire year.
The Toy Bowl flag football game will begin at 11 a.m. (See complete schedule on page A6). The players and coaches from each team encourage their family, friends, and the public to come out and root for their favorite team and support this wonderful cause. The cost of admission is a toy or food item. Last year because of the public’s generosity, TRY served over 500+ kids with brand new toys at Christmas.
Also, on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon, TRY will host the annual food drive. This year, nine groups from La Junta High School and other civic groups will hit the streets to collect food for the less fortunate during the holidays. Members from FBLA, Hi Teens, National Honors Society (NHS), National Junior Honors Society (NJHS), Boy Scouts, will canvass La Junta neighborhoods.
The teams will gather at Associated Charities at 9:00 am and area maps and bags will be handed out to the food teams to go and collect food. The winning team who collects the most donations will receive a pizza party for the team. If you are interested in participating in the food drive, please call Gayle Eveatt at 469-8920.
If you and your family are in need of toys this year, TRY is taking referral forms up until Dec. 7 for the Toys for Tots Distribution day which will take place on Dec. 14. Referral forms have been distributed to the three La Junta Schools as well as CDS, Associated Charities, and Inspiration Field. Completed forms can be dropped off at Associated Charities, Inspiration Field, or any of the three La Junta schools. TRY is still seeking donations to help those families in need during the holiday season. Those wishing to donate money or new toy items can do so by dropping off a donation at either Inspiration Field or La Junta High School.
The flag football teams are already actively collecting toys, food, and cash and checks (please make checks payable to: TRY). They challenge other businesses to do the same and help Toys for Tots secure more toys. According to TRY member Richard Romero, “TRY served over 500+ people last year”. This year those numbers will more than likely rise. According to Romero, “With the increase in numbers of families in need and the rise in cost of toys, we are really in need of donations this year”. Romero also thanked Gayle Eveatt, Angela Ayala, Sandra Brown, Nancy Harrington, and Johnnie DeLeon for their support of TRY. Finally, TRY would like to thank the community for their support over the last 28 years. Without the community’s support, some kids would go without toys during Christmas.