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Giants 'Stretch Drive' helps kids play baseball

Annual fundraiser aims to beat $400,000 raised last year for Junior Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' annual "Stretch Drive" to benefit the Junior Giants baseball program will continue through this weekend, with fans encouraged to make donations online and at AT&T Park during the Phillies series.

Named in honor of Hall of Fame first baseman Willie "Stretch" McCovey, the charitable effort is receiving a boost from left-hander Madison Bumgarner, whose bobblehead will be given to donors contributing at least $50. That amount is the estimated cost for the Giants Community Fund to help a youth participate in Junior Giants all summer. More valuable and elaborate gifts will be given to those making higher donations.

Donations can be made by visiting or At the ballpark, donations can be made at the Community Clubhouse. The Giants are hoping to top last year's donation total of approximately $400,000.

Video: Donate to Jr. Giants Stretch Drive from July 10-12

The Giants Community Fund helps more than 22,000 youths participate in Junior Giants, a free, noncompetitive, coed program that runs in 91 underserved areas throughout California, Nevada and Oregon.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.
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