Local radio stations give back

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Local radio stations give back

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by Maggie O'Mara

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KTVB.COM

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 9:44 AM

BOISE -- This is the time of year when people band together to help others. That was definitely the case on Community Cares Day here at KTVB. The giving spirit continues in the Treasure Valley! 

If you listen to the radio, you've most likely noticed that many of our local radio stations are working hard to gather money, gifts and food for the less fortunate.

Radio DJ Dan Matthews from WOW Country 104.3 FM camped outside the Fred Meyer in Eagle for 104 hours. He did it for the Boise Rescue Mission. This is the fourth year he's pulled off a crazy stunt to help others during the holidays.

"Some people have to sleep in parking lots in the winter all year long. If I have to inconvenience myself for 104 hours if it raises money and resources for the Boise Rescue Mission, that's important to me!" said Matthews.

Matthews is also a new dad, and that makes this year extra special for him.

"It puts a whole different spin on it, having a one-month-old at home. Before it was my wife and I, if something can happen we are fine. Then you bring a kid into the mix, there's a whole new level of responsibility," said Matthews.

Dan wants to make sure he's doing all he can to help families in need this holiday season. Sleeping in a tent in the cold puts everything into perspective.

"It makes you grateful, honestly," said Matthews.

At RC Willey, radio personality Edgar Guerrero of La Poderosa 100.7 FM went all out! Hundreds of kids got mere seconds to pick out a new toy, thanks to Impact Radio Group.

"This is our fifth anniversary of the La Poderosa 100.7 Toy Drive," said Guerrero.

The toys donated by generous people and companies in the community! The lines filled the parking lot.

"We don't know where they come from, we don't ask questions, we just say, 'hey come and grab a free toy if you need one.' That's what we're trying to do," said Guerrero.

It took hours to pass out toys to hundreds of kids. Guerrero hopes to bring this toy drive back every year, and make it bigger and better!

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