For the 16th year, 98.7 The River will brighten the holidays of local families coping with cancer. Starting December 1, and every weekday for two weeks, Mark Robertson will share one letter each day, written by a nurse or social worker at The Children's Hospital At Memorial about a local family coping with the cancer of a child or parent during the holidays--families that don't have much to begin with, and when you add cancer to the equation, you understand how important it is to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for these kids. These are families not expecting any visit from Santa this year. Over the past 15 years your donations of cash, checks or gift cards have helped us raise over a quarter of a million dollars to help put smiles on faces that haven’t experienced much happiness lately. We applaud your generosity. Each of the ten letters will be read at 7:30am (starting December 1) and repeated throughout the day; once read, they will also be posted here for you to read, share and revisit.
HOW IT WORKS: During Christmas Wish, when a particular story moves you we ask you to donate whatever you can. Note that no family receives cash. All donations are turned into gift cards for the families to use for things like clothing, toys, gas or food. If a bill must be paid, we will do that for them. We cannot accept previously used toys or clothing, largely for health reasons since each of these families has members with a compromised immune system. We ask that you limit your donations to cash, checks, or gift cards (Visa, American Express, Walmart, Target, etc.).
Here's how you can help:
• Bring your cash or check donation directly to any SunTrust Bank and earmark it for the family you wish to help. You can also mail your donation directly to me if that is easier (see below). If you have a question you can email us and I will get back to you.
• Donate a department or grocery store gift card, cash, or check. Note: Gift cards must be brought or mailed to the station--they cannot be taken to SunTrust. Please put the family's name on the card. Consider "adopting" one of our families at work, in your neighborhood, or civic group and take care of their needs and wishes.
• Cash and check donations ONLY can be taken directly to any branch of SunTrust Bank* in Georgia or South Carolina. Please indicate the name of the family you want to help by putting the name of the family on the memo line of the check. Put the family’s name on the card or on the envelope. We also have a general fund if you want your donation split among this year's ten featured families. Checks should be made payable to Christmas Wish. You can mail your donation directly to: 98.7 The River Christmas Wish, 245 Alfred Street, Savannah GA 31408. Be sure to put the family or person’s name on the memo line of your check.
*For the SunTrust location nearest you, click here
John A. "Jack" Kolbush Fund to assist children who are cancer patients
Stephen D. Hollenberg Memorial Fund to assist adult patients with cancer