Giants 'Stretch Drive' helps kids play baseball

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

Giants 'Stretch Drive' helps kids play baseball

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 jrgiants.org or sfgiants.com/stretchdrive. 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.

Junior Giants Stretch Drive

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 MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.