Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne, Delegate David Bulova, Delegate Barbara Comstock and GMU Student Body President Jordan Foster are among those scheduled to appear on the air on WGMU Radio Friday for a five-hour "radiothon" from 3 to 8 p.m., to solicit donations for Fairfax City-based Our Daily Bread.
ODB helps struggling Fairfax-area families with unmet needs and guides them back to self-sufficiency.
During the radiothon, the staff of WGMU and ODB and local officials hope those in the area will drop off donations such as food items, grocery gift cards and other household needs at the station, located on the GMU campus, for ODB to distribute to underprivileged local families over the holidays.
WGMU's Friday night show, "Take It to the Hill," usually features student political commentators John Hill and Rohan Ramesh. But, the two hosts are eagerly setting aside politics in favor of helping out this worthy cause, they said.
"We can debate politics all day long, but there's more to life than politics. There's family, friends, and neighbors that we need to look out and care for," said Hill on a recent show, discussing the upcoming radiothon. "Our neighbors aren't just who lives next door, but the whole community. That's why we're doing this—to reach out to our Fairfax neighbors in need, care for them, and then help them get back on their feet."
"Neighbors helping neighbors. That's what matters, and we can all make an impact, especially on such a local level," he added.
Items most needed include:
- $10 to $20 grocery gift cards (helpful for families to purchase perishables)
- Cooking Oil
- Snacks for Lunches (crackers, pretzels, etc.)
- Pizza Kits
- Boxed Dinner Kits
- Parmesan Cheese
- Boxed Mashed Potatoes
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Chicken or Meat
Household necessities include:
- Laundry Detergent
- Toilet Paper
- Toiletries (Soap, Oral Hygiene Products, Shampoo, Deodorant, Feminine Hygiene Products, etc.)
- Cleaning Supplies
Those unable to drop by the studio but who wish to help can also make monetary donations online during the show here.
To listen to the radiothon, go to WGMUradio.com to stream it live.
To drop off donations during the radiothon, visit the studio, located on the bottom floor of the Johnson Center Library on the GMU campus.
For more information, e-mail John Hill of "Take It To the Hill" at email@example.com.
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