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Friday, 14 December, 2007 10:32 PM

Help a child in need: W4 Country is collecting Toys for Tots at Briarwood Mall

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

102.9 W4 Country is raising Toys for Tots in front of Von Maur at Briarwood Mall.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Our state's struggling economy will force some children to go without a Christmas. Mom and Dad may be getting laid off from their jobs. Meanwhile, you can help! W4 Country Radio (102.9 FM) is asking you to bring new, unwrapped Toys for Tots to their broadcast location in front of Von Maur inside Briarwood Mall.

This is the sixth year that the radio station is hosting it's Holiday Crusade for Kids. All of the toys that are raised will go back to children in the local community. It's not going somewhere across the country. It's staying local. Toys will go to needy children in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Whitmore Lake, Chelsea, Milan, Adrian and surrounding communities.

W4 Country is accepting monetary donations at it's booth. You may drop off cash or write a check payable to "Toys for Tots." On Dec. 22, the radio station will go shopping for toys with all the money that it raised and donate them to the organization.

"I've been broadcasting LIVE and trying to solicit donations," said Heather, McGregor, midday personality on W4 Country. "We would like to produce a semi full of toys and $15,000 in financial gifts."

The radiothon began on Tuesday and continues through Saturday at 4 p.m. The entire air staff has been broadcasting LIVE from Briarwood Mall all week. Everyone is encouraged to come out and visit the mall location and drop off a toy or a monetary donation.

"I'm humbled by it. People dig so deep in their pockets," McGregor said. "Clifford Collinsworth was a marine who was killed on October 21, 2006. His family raised $1,750 and over 300 toys."

The radio station said Toys for Tots isn't just for younger children. Many people overlook teenagers at Toys for Tots events like this. Toys are needed for the older children from ages 13 to 17. Some suggested items for teens include picture frames, basketballs and body lotions.

W4 Country is also encouraging its listeners to bid on auction items on the station's website. The winning bidder will receive the item and their proceeds will go towards the Toys for Tots drive. Items up for auction include Bubba's airplane seats, a baseball autographed by Detroit Tiger Curtis Granderson, a $25 gift card to Briarwood Mall and tickets to see Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Trace Adkins, a Faith Hill autographed poster and a gold necklace, a suite in the Palace of Auburn Hills for the Doodlebops concert.

Additional auction items include a one-hour sightseeing flight for two, a Bubba bobblehead and a one-night stay at the Residence Inn, a Red Berenson-autographed t-shirt and two tickets to the U of M vs. Notre Dame hockey game at the Palace, a Kurt Busch-autographed flag, and two four hour on-air experiences with Breakfast with Bubba with a suite in the Residence Inn Marriott.

For the first time, W4 Country hosted a garage sale at its Ann Arbor studios last Thursday. It was held from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the station's parking lot. Prizes that were sent to Bubba or prizes that people didn't pick up were auctioned off to the highest bidder. About $1,500 was raised and it will be used for the station's shopping spree on Dec. 22.

Also new this year was coin wars between competing cities. "We had Monkey Boy and Brittney compete for what city compete for what city can bring in the most coins," McGregor said. Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Chelsea, Milan and Whitmore Lake were a part of the coin war.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP: Visit the Briarwood Mall and drop off a new, unwrapped toy or a monetary donation. Located at I-94 and State Street in Ann Arbor. W4 Country will be there on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

These toys are going to children in need in Washtenaw county and surrounding areas.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

A wide variety of toys has been donated to W4 Country's Holiday Crusade for Kids.

 

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