Radio station kicks off drive for food, clothing, toys for agencies

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It's the holiday season and several local agencies are working to make sure those who are less fortunate have presents, holiday meals and warm clothing.

This morning 93.7 KRAI kicked off its holiday drive in front of the Centennial Mall in Craig.

Every day this week from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., station disk jockeys Rick Allen and Mike Fuller will be in front of the mall accepting donations.

Items that can be taken to the drop site include clothing for the Community Budget Center and Advocates Crisis Support Services, non-perishable food items for the Interfaith Food Bank and toys for the "Christmas for Kids" program.

It's the fifth annual drive put on by the radio station.

"The goal is to supply the needs of local agencies so everybody can have a decent holiday season," Allen said.

Money donations also are accepted.

Last year the station raised $15,000, said KRAI owner Frank Hanel.

Marg Kourlis, director of the Interfaith Food Bank, which benefits from the drive, said monetary donations are important.

While the food items are obviously important to the food bank, Kourlis said money donations are needed so the bank can purchase turkeys and other items included in the holiday baskets, which will be distributed Dec. 17 at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Kourlis said additional volunteers would be needed at the food bank beginning Wednesday when KRAI begins bringing the food raised in its holiday drive.

Kourlis said they anticipate receiving six tons of food, or a busload, at their distribution site.

"We need some strong backs to help us unload all of that food," she said.

The food will be dropped of at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

Food items can also be dropped of at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon,

Kourlis said.

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