This is year 6 for the Country 93.1 Schumacher Lions Club Radiothon for the Stan Fowler Santa Claus Fund.
We’re on the air with it on Thursday from 6:00am until 6:00pm, with Lions Club members taking your pledge on the phone from their hall at the McIntyre Arena.
As fund chairman John McCauley says, all the money goes to needy families in Timmins at Christmas.
“Last year, we helped 345 families,” he recounts, “so that’s approximately 15- to 16-hundred people that we helped put food on the table at Christmas.”
McCauley won’t know until next week how many need help this year… but based on the economy and what’s going on in the world, demand might be higher.
McCauley anticipates more families needing help this year, so he hopes we surpass the $45,000 we raised.
“We give out $125 food vouchers to these families each and it goes towards food only, and you can redeem them at any grocery store in Timmins or South Porcupine.”
Anyone who pledges $50 gets their name into a draw for a Honda snowblower donated by Mikey’s. McCauley says a $100 pledge gets you two entries, $150 gets you three, and so on.