In 1975, an announcer working at radio station, WZYQ, received a very distressing phone call from one of his listeners. There was a family in the Frederick area that would have no Christmas. The disc jockey made the decision and the station raised nearly $1,500, enough to provide Christmas for several families.
It was snowing on that Christmas Eve as “Santa” (the disc jockey) drove along a dirt road north of Frederick. He found a wooden shack. The mother and her three children didn’t live there. They lived in the shanty behind the shack. Santa knocked at the door. A little girl answered. She threw her arms around Santa and exclaimed, “My mommy said you’d be too busy, but I knew you’d come!”
“Christmas Cash for Kids” was born.
Since then, “Christmas Cash for Kids” has become a holiday tradition in Frederick County. It has evolved into the single largest provider of children’s toys and clothing for those who would otherwise have to do without
Last year, WFMD raised over $180,000 due to the generosity of caring people in Mid-Maryland. Again this year, WFMD is working with the Salvation Army, a local Frederick bank and many other businesses and organizations to raise money to provide Frederick children with a Christmas they would otherwise miss.
None of the money received is used for any overhead expenses. It’s taken to the bank and can only be used after two authorizations. The funds are spent in Frederick County stores and purchases are based on quality and price. Please don’t go out and buy toys. “Christmas Cash for Kids” can purchase the appropriate gifts, clothing and supplies at much better rates. Take you donation to the station or send in a check or money order made payable to “Christmas Cash for Kids”
Here’s what you can do as a business. If you’re a retail business, put out a collection can. Put up a poster in your storefront window. Pass the hat in your company or come up with unique ways of collecting money, i.e. dress down days, funny hat or whatever you can come up with. Call the WFMD office at 301.663.4181 for a poster or information for your business to show you are working to raise money for “Christmas Cash for Kids”.
This year Christmas Cash for Kids is being held December 2nd - December 6th, 2013. Please mark your calendar to help us make this year even better than last. Remember… give until it hurts, then give some more.