It all began with a phone call to Taylor Sterling, station manager of Orange County Radio WTBQ (1110 AM/93.5 FM), from Pamela and Jeff Konis of Goshen.
Their family, especially their two sons Alexander and Marc, had been in search of an organization attached to the veterans and military so they could ensure that their almost new toys and books for all ages, and gently used clothing would be donated to those who were not as fortunate.
“Teaching children from an early age that giving back is the same as breathing in and out,” said Sterling, “is essential for all families and we are all about giving back, especially to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”
Pete and Laura Rollins, co-founders of Goshen Chapter 212, Disabled American Veterans, and Sterling along with Alexander Konis carried the items from the Konis home and filled both their cars with toys, books, and clothes.
Pamela Konis described how each game or toy worked with great care and concern,
“We were sure she enjoyed them as much as her boys,” said Laura Rollins, “and she was elated to share those treasured memories with the children of Disabled American Veterans.”
All year long WTBQ collects clothes, toys, books and goodies depending on the season and holiday.
“In the fall and winter,” said Sterling, “we collect donated coats, clothes and toys for children and adults. The look on the faces of the children is priceless. And the message that goes out is that all of us should take a few moments and look in our attics, basements, garages and closets. If you haven’t worn it, played with it or used it in a year, share it with someone else.”
To learn more and to get involved and make a difference email Taylor@WTBQ.com.
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