An annual Christmas tradition to help local families in need is now underway. Moose FM in Bracebridge and Huntsville are running radiothons this week, to take donations in support of local Salvation Army branches.

In Bracebridge, the radiothon ran all day Thursday and will continue until Saturday. So far, about $24,000 has been raised.

In Huntsville, the radiothon runs for 12 hours on Friday.

All of the money raised will go towards the various programs and initiatives run by the Salvation Army in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Huntsville. This is part of a larger initiative by Moose FM’s parent company Vista Radio, which tries to raise a million dollars for a variety of different charities across Canada in one week.

You can donate to the Bracebridge radiothon anytime by calling (705) 645 2218, or by stopping in at 3a Taylor Road. In Huntsville, you can donate starting at 6:00am on Friday by calling (705) 789 4461 or by stopping in at 7 John Street.

Last year, both stations collectively raised over $170,000.

(With files from: James Bowler)