WION "Treasures for Troops" volunteers.

WION “Treasures for Troops” volunteers.

WION-AM/FM Radio (Ionia) and its many partners hosted the 3rd annual “Treasures for Troops” campaign, November 28-December 2, setting a new record and sending “more packages than ever” to deployed service personnel before Christmas.

WION Remote Broadcast Wrap-up of "Treasures for Troops"

WION Remote Broadcast Wrap-up of “Treasures for Troops”

Through drop-off locations in Ionia County and five daily broadcasts originating from locations around the Ionia area, WION co-owner Jim Carlyle reports that this year’s drive exceeded expectations!  At the end of the event, WION listeners had contributed enough items for event partner Blue Star Mothers #188 to prepare, package and mail 181 large priority-mail boxes to servicemen and women via the Ionia Post Office.

Blue Star Mothers #188 is a local chapter of a nationwide organization of mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans.  Blue Star Mothers pack these care packages (“Boxes of Love”) throughout the year to support their military sons and daughters. Each time they pack and send, an average of 20-30 boxes are mailed.

"Treasures for Troops" await shipping at the Ionia Post Office

“Treasures for Troops” await shipping at the Ionia Post Office

Items included, though seemingly ordinary to civilians, are often hard to come by for deployed soldiers. Each box carries a variety of items including food, clothing, games, utility items and personal care items. Meanwhile, each Mom has a “trademark” way of packing their boxes, like using small candies like packing peanuts to make sure no space is wasted between items. The boxes of love that were sent out with WION’s “Treasures for Troops” also contained Christmas cards that were decorated at elementary schools and by boy scouts, girls scouts, listeners and volunteers assisting on packing day.

The station had a 2016 GMC truck to help transport donations, provided by sponsor Young Automotive Group of Ionia.

With this success, Carlyle notes that once again, it’s proven that small-town radio makes a huge difference!

For more information contact: Jim Carlyle, Owner/Manager WION Radio at 616-527-9466 or [email protected].

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