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Tailgating for a Cause! Thundering Road Herd Collects Presents for Local Hospital

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A crowd of more than 18 thousand people will pack the Fargodome for tonight's semi-final game between defending champ NDSU and New Hampshire. Hundreds of those folks have been enjoying themselves outside the dome and one tailgating crew is doing something special trying to make the holiday brighter for area kids.

Valley News team's Eric Crest joins us live now from the west parking lot of the Fargodome with the Thundering Road Herd to share their story of the Bison nation giving back.

Our over extended Bison family is getting together one last time here in Fargo before hopefully going to Frisco. But if I've learned anything about the Bison family, it's that they like giving just as much as receiving.

Friday morning the Thundering Road Herd, some bison football tailgating fanatics, decided they were going to take down a tree that needed to go anyway and do something special with it..

"We were talking about what we should do special because it's almost Christmas and we were talking and we came up with we should put up a Christmas tree and with a Christmas tree you need presents," says Levi Otis who is a part of the herd.

After some sawing, tugging, and pulling the tree came down. Now for the hard part. Getting the tree to the Fargodome and hoping others will bring everything that's supposed to be underneath it.

"I hope people are in the giving mood. It's a tough time. Everyone has something to deal with. If people can just reach in and grab a little more and do something for a kid who has to be at Sanford hospital... as nice of a place it is it's still a hospital," says Otis.

These guys are trying to collect as many toys as they can at tonight's big game.

"The more the merrier. Get the word out get some toys for some families," says Otis.

All the toys collected are for kids that are stuck at the Sanford Children's Hospital over the holiday. We're calling it tailgating for a cause.

"If you miss this you ain't looking very hard. We're gonna have this decorated like you do at home but it might look a little Charlie Brownish... But it's ok," jokes Otis.

If you thought the tree was Charlie brownish before. You should see it now. They could only bring in the top six feet of its 25 foot height because of safety reasons. But they're still collecting gifts here and what a cool effort by a crew that has gotten so good at tailgating they had to try something else, just in time for the holiday.

If you want to donate a gift to the Sanford Children's Hospital you can still drop off gifts the Day Inn near West Acres Mall, the Play it Again Sports off of 45th Street and the Sanford Clinic at 737 Broadway. All of the presents can be wrapped or unwrapped they just ask that you label it for a boy or girl if it is wrapped up. The gifts will be delivered to the Children's Hospital on Christmas Eve by parents of Bison football players.

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