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Not even a blow-out loss can change how special today is in Baltimore

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Not even a blow-out loss can change how special today is in Baltimore

Posted on 23 December 2013 by Drew Forrester

Well, isn’t this just the best day ever?

Seriously.

This, today, is becoming one of my favorite days of the year, right up there with the opening Thursday morning of The Masters.

It almost seems sort of weird to be in such a good mood after what happened late yesterday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens were soundly whipped by the Patriots.  For my post-game thoughts on that mess, you CAN GO HERE and read my blog from Sunday evening at WNST.net.

OK, so you’re confused, right?

It’s rainy and yucky out.  You haven’t started your shopping yet.  The Ravens may have cost themselves a playoff spot yesterday.

Why is today a great day?

Today is the day we make our annual trip to Helping Up Mission in downtown Baltimore to distribute all of the coats and winter apparel you — our listeners and readers — have supplied us with over the last month or so.

This is our 5-year anniversary with Helping Up Mission.

We’ve found them to be an incredible partner, with the 700 or so men we see each year showing extraordinary respect and appreciation for something as small — to us, perhaps — as a winter coat, a Ravens sweatshirt or a nice pair of perfectly-fitting gloves.

We couldn’t do this without you, our extended WNST family.  In fact, we do it BECAUSE of you and FOR you.  This, today, is actually the result of your generosity and kindness.  We just happen to be the guys lucky enough to drop off the stuff and see the smiling faces.

This year, we flexed our muscles a bit and decided to donate some of the apparel to Goodwill of Maryland.  Splitting up the donation would have normally been a concern, except for the fact that you all stepped up again and provided us with nearly 3,000 coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves and socks.  There’s plenty to go around, both to Helping Up Mission and Goodwill of Maryland.

We’ll be taking roughly 2,000 pieces of clothing to Helping Up Mission right after my show this morning.  A huge thank you goes out to our great friends at Enoch Office Equipment, who have not only collected apparel for us in the last few years, but they’ve loaned us their vehicle, too, to help get the gear to downtown Baltimore.  If you see Joe Enoch, Rick Donovan or Sherri Jones of Enoch Office Equipment, give them a “thank you” and holiday hug for all that they do to help make this a success.

Helping Up Mission is an extraordinary facility in Baltimore.  The men in there have stumbled in life, but they’re working their way back up.  I only wish all of you could be there today so you could see their faces when they realize they, too, will be getting a holiday gift or, in some cases, they’ll be able to take that jacket or sweatshirt or pair of gloves and give it to a loved one as gift they couldn’t otherwise afford.

If you want to know more about Helping Up Mission, just GO HERE.

Today is a great day at WNST.

I understand it’s not such a swell morning around Baltimore after yesterday’s football game, but the men at Helping Up Mission are involved in something much more important.

You’ve made their Christmas special with your donations.

You’ve also made mine special, again, which I greatly appreciate.

We’ll go downtown today and drop off YOUR generosity and kindness.

Just saying “thank you” doesn’t stress how overwhelmed we are at your support of this annual partnership we’ve developed with Helping Up Mission.

But, thank you.  Again.

 

 

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There’s a lot going on right now, but we need you to come through tonight

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There’s a lot going on right now, but we need you to come through tonight

Posted on 11 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Cam Cameron is out. Jim Caldwell is in. Steve Bisciotti is involved. John Harbaugh is testy.

Mark Reynolds is gone. Peter Angelos is cheap.

There’s a lot going on, but not everything is changing.

It’s been an active few days here in Charm City, as you could tell on-air Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’re going to be even more active in the community over the next few days, and we need you to be a part of it.

On December 18, we’ll be making our annual donation to the Helping Up Mission downtown. If you’re not familiar with the work of the Mission, I encourage you to head to their website. I’m always overwhelmed by the work that group is doing every year when we get down there. The Helping Up Mission welcomes men who are absolutely broken-due to poverty, homelessness, addiction, etc. and works to get them back on their feet and return them to the community. They also work as an overnight shelter to keep people off the street at night.

This is the third straight year we’re collecting coats here at WNST. Our friends at Enoch Office Equipment partner with us annually, as they allow people to drop off coats at their office and then help us transport them downtown. Here’s a picture they posted on their Facebook page last year of just a few of the coats and one of the men from the Mission…

We’re up against it a bit this year, as we need to make the donation ONE WEEK FROM TODAY (Tuesday, December 18) and we’ve been off to a bit of a slow start because there’s just been so much going on. We NEED to step it up.

We need you to bring us your coats. We also need your jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and any other warm clothes you can gather up. We need your old clothes and your new clothes. We need your clothes that don’t fit. We need your clothes with the one button missing. We need men’s clothes, but we also need clothes for women, kids and even babies. You have to keep in mind that many of these mean have children and families and will not be able to give gifts without donations.

We need to lift up those less fortunate this holiday season. We need to help keep our community warm as the temperatures eventually stay below 40 for a few months. Keep in mind-winter doesn’t even officially start for more than a week.

So we’re gathering together Tuesday night to celebrate and raise coats. Our annual coat drive hits Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh (at the White Marsh Mall). Drew Forrester will be over there at 6pm, Ryan Chell and I will head that way as soon as “The Reality Check” goes off the air. We’ll be collecting coats, talking sports, eating asian zing wings (or maybe even other types of wings), drinking beer and just hanging out. No radio show, no silly events, just the opportunity to hang out with fellow members of the WNST.net community and do some good this holiday season.

To further entice you to hang out with us Tuesday night, it’s $.50 traditional wing night at B-Dubs and anyone who brings at least one coat will receive a $5 gift card. Since Mr. Radcliffe did a hell of a job teaching me math at Perry Hall High School, I can tell you with assurance that means a single coat will get you ten free wings. I’m absolutely certain I’ll be taking advantage of this.

It’s going to be a great night and I can’t wait to see everybody out there. I REALLY hope you’ll be bringing out coats. John Harbaugh said Monday “my charge…is to maximize the opportunities for our team to win.” Our charge as members of the WNST.net community is to lift up those in need. This is a simple opportunity to do just that and have a great time hanging out with other Baltimore sports fans.

You all did an amazing job coming through for the community during our annual canned food drive…

…we need you to come through similarly in the next week with warm clothes.

If for some reason you can’t make it Tuesday night, there are some more options for donating coats this week. Nestor Aparicio will be back at the White Marsh Mall Wednesday night for Santa Spirit Night and would gladly take your donation then. We’ll be at Greenmount Station in Hampstead with Dennis Pitta Thursday night for “Thursday Night Live” presented by Freedmont Mortgage at 7pm. The Weekend Warriors will be at Top Hat Cue Club on Satyr Hill Rd. Saturday from 12-3pm and would also be happy to accept donations. You can also stop by any day Monday-Friday 6am-6pm (until next Tuesday at 10am) at the Zone Superstore Studios at 1550 Hart Rd. in Towson with your donation.

But we REALLY hope to see you Tuesday night at BWW White Marsh.

Let’s celebrate community service at least HALF as much as we celebrated a coach getting fired Monday.

Please?

-G

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