Vikings To Help Victims Of Katrina

The Minnesota Vikings and Barrett Moving and Storage are looking for fans to donate clothes and toiletries to the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday.

Vikings fans will have the opportunity to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and meet their favorite players this Tuesday. From noon until 4 p.m. on Tuesday fans can bring clothes and toiletries to the Vikings' Winter Park Headquarters at 9520 Viking Drive in Eden Prairie.

"I presented the idea to the team … and 100 percent of the guys want to help out," said Vikings coach Mike Tice. "We are asking fans to try to bring new items to help out, and quantity isn't as important as participation. We ask our great Vikings fans to give what they can."

Vikings players and coaches will help unload fans' vehicles into Barrett Moving vans, while others will descend upon local discount stores to purchase generators and other items with money from Tice's player fine fund program, which he dubs "Fine Money for Fine Causes."

With the warm southern climate, fans are encouraged to donate items like t-shirts, shorts, shoes, socks, underwear, and toiletries.

"We are pleased to donate our moving vans to support Coach Tice, his coaches and players, and want to thank those in advance who drop off items for their help with this important cause," said
John Orme, vice president of sales at Barrett Moving and Storage.

Many Vikings players and coaches have ties to the areas hit by Katrina, including Rod Davis, Marcus Johnson, Spencer Johnson, Mewelde Moore, Fred Smoot, Pat Williams,
John Tice and Wes Chandler.

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