Via Jim Carlyle, WION
It’s been five years since WION (Ionia) began “Treasures for Troops.” Since then, it’s grown each year, and it’s going on this week! It kicked off Monday afternoon with a broadcast in Muir, and there’s two more broadcasts this week, one from the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday and a wrap-up at Young Automotive’s GM store in South Ionia on Friday.
All the collected proceeds are sorted then boxed on Sunday of the collection week. Last year, 200 boxes were sent to deployed servicemen and women thanks to the generosity of listeners and businesses.
This year, WION invited sister station WGLM in Greenville/Lakeview to participate collecting, and is especially proud of a new partnership with the Lowell Schools’ LPFM, (WRWW-LP) in which students promoted their collection for the drive on the school station, in the halls, and in their community! WION plans to have some of those students on the air during their broadcast from the Lowell Chamber.
If early donations are any indication, this year the drive may exceed it’s 250 box unofficial goal. There have also been donations for the (predicted, approximate) $4300 needed for postage for the project from local restaurants, Reurink Roofing & Siding Sales in Ionia, and even from a radio station engineer who listens in another state to WION’s AM stereo online stream!
WION hopes to have final numbers for the MAB to report in the next newsletter.