The Salvation Army spent much of Friday afternoon at WTRF’s Wheeling offices moving hundreds of toys that are going to make many children happy this Christmas.
They were collected as part of our second annual Share to Give campaign. It was all thanks to generous donations from community members and local businesses.
After weeks of collecting donations, and countless hours of shopping and organizing by a few WTRF employees all the toys will soon be under a child’s tree for the holiday.
“We’re giving toys to kids and their families that make Christmas a little more special to them and hopefully bring some joy through giving back to the parents so they can give their kids some toys,” said Dan Shay, owner of Wheeling Distribution Center.
It’s all the result of a partnership with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
The Salvation Army has this with the community every year where parents come in and sign up and we then take 200 of their angels to shop for,” explained WTRF Account Executive Diana Winzenreid. She along with WTRF Account Executive Tony Robinson sorted donations and shopped for additional toys.
Share to Give raised more than $16,000 to help 211 kids.
It’s all thanks to the kindness of the community, local businesses and our sponsors; Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, C.A. House Music, DeFelice Bros. Pizza, Wheeling Distribution, Whitesides, Carenbauer Distributing and Community Bank.
“This time of year, the holidays and Christmas in general, brings people together because of not only being able to spend time together, but being able to give back and give presents of whatever kind or sort to each other,” Shay added. “That in and of itself always brings people together.”
“We are incredible grateful, added Winzenreid. “We’re really excited and very very grateful to everybody that participated and help make this possible.”
Other businesses in the Ohio Valley that donated include: Bordas & Bordas, Auto Choice, Engineered Foundation Solutions, AEP, St. Clair Cleaners, US Nails, Main Street Bank, HE Neumann Co., Altmeyer Funeral Homes, West Liberty University, Wallace Jewelers, the Monteverde Group, Country Roads BBQ, Figaretti’s, Stages, Tito’s Sloppy Dogs, Rapture Vapor, Under The Elder Tree, Mmm Popcorn, Hardcore Fitness, Dyer Prime, Noah’s Ark Childcare and Learning Center, The Cheese Melt and Accents.
WTRF would like to say another huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed.