Moose FM’s two Muskoka stations are gearing up to support the Salvation Army.
From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, 99.5 Moose FM Bracebridge will be on-air raising money for the Salvation Army South Muskoka Ministries.
On Friday, 105.5 Moose FM will do the same for Salvation Army Huntsville.
Lieutenants April Keeping and her partner Brandon with the Salvation Army South Muskoka Ministries are going into their second radiothon. “I actually know what to expect this year,” she jokes.
She says she’s excited to see the community come together to support those in need. “I want to hear the stories about the good times in our area and the hardships people are going through,” she adds.
Major Neil Evenden with the Huntsville branch says he’s looking forward to the end of a busy week, especially with Project Porchlight happening just two days before. He says the funds will help cover operational funding and add fresh food to the food bank, at a time when food prices are still surging.
“[Our suppliers] give us a good deal, they even make a donation on top of it, and they deliver it. They do a wonderful job for us and we appreciate it, but the prices are up for everything,” says Evenden. “All year long, we buy fresh produce—potatoes, apples, carrots, things like that—and those prices are up as well.”
According to Evenden, demand for their services has gone up noticeably over the past year, with 350 Christmas hampers already packed and ready.
“We are seeing some uptake on that,” says Evenden. “We are seeing more families coming. We are seeing more people who have jobs finding it difficult to pay their rent, and get their food, and all those sorts of things coming to us. We are expecting to do more Christmas hampers than we have, and we are almost at our max.”
It’s the same story in South Muskoka.
Keeping says she’s been hearing stories from people who can’t find a place to live or put food on the table. She points out that it’s happening throughout Ontario and Muskoka is no different.
Keeping says the money raised stays local, noting that, depending on where the person is calling from, the money will be used in Bracebridge or Gravenhurst. She explains it allows the food bank to continue running but also gives them money to run their other services and help people who may not need food. “I’ve bought things like car seats before,” she says, adding they also help people pay rent or their utility bill.
To donate to the Kid’s Christmas Wish Radiothon for the Salvation Army South Muskoka Ministries, call 705-645-2218 on Thursday, Dec. 7 or Friday, Dec. 8 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. You can also drop your donation off in-person at 3a Taylor Rd. in Bracebridge.
To help out Salvation Army Huntsville, call 705-789-4461 on Dec. 8, or drop off your donation at 7 John St. in Huntsville.
With files from Martin Halek