From Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 18, WNST.net will collect canned goods and non-perishable food items at the AM1570 WNST studios (1550 Hart Rd. Towson, MD 21286). Those items will be collected during normal business hours (6am-6pm).
We will also collect at all scheduled WNST events, including “Monday Night Live” with Baltimore Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo at Hightopps in Timonium, our Miller Lite Towson pep rallies at the Greene Turtle and other events specific to the drive that we will announce in the future.
We will give those items to the Canton Baptist Church for their distribution to Baltimore’s homeless and we’ll also give some of the donated food to the Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Last year we donated 2,400 cans to the Canton Baptist Church. This year we’d like to do 5,000 cans. For counting purposes, we count EVERYTHING, meaning if someone drops off oatmeal or some other “non-can” item, we count that as a can.
In addition, we’re going to ask that members of the WNST commuinty who can’t contribute food (or even if they can) to donate a penny per-can to a scholarship fund that has been set up for Fergy (in White Marsh)’s children.
Listeners/readers can make their checks out to:
The Cameron and Adrianna Commodari Scholarship Fund
and send them to Drew Forrester’s attention at the radio station. We will announce the amount of cans raised on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We ask that WNST community members donate UP TO 5,000 cans-so donations will not exceed $50 no matter how many cans are collected.Fergy’s brother Marshall will come to the studio sometime in December and do a few minutes on the air and we’ll present him with the money. We obviously won’t collect any of the money until after the canned food drive is over on November 18 and we see how many cans we did.
If you don’t have the important information on Fergy (Fernando Commodari), you should know that he was a longtime listener of the station and an active supporter and contributor to any and all of our charitable endeavors. He brought 100 cans of food to the Fullerton Pub last December when Drew & Glenn Clark did the first canned food drive. Anytime we did some sort of fund-raiser, he always contributed. He was killed in a car accident this past July.
Once the canned food drive is over, we’ll start with the coats and winter apparel drive. We’ll take coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, etc. All of those items will be donated to Helping Up Mission downtown. The coat/apparel drive will run from Monday, November 21 through Friday, December 16. We will drop off those items on Tuesday, December 20 at the Helping Up Mission downtown.
Please help us make the most out of these three worthwhile charity drives. As you know, we pride ourselves at WNST for being a community of contributors, sponsors, listeners, readers, Twitter followers, Facebook friends, etc. The one thing we have in common is that we all care DEEPLY about this area. We’re grateful for the opportunity to try to do further good.