If you chipped in on this week’s 5th annual Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon, you are one of the many who together have done tremendous good.
At 8 p.m. Tuesday, one hour after the close of Holston Valley Broadcasting’s 12-hour fundraising broadcasts on Monday and Tuesday and hours away from the close of 10 area restaurants’ Tuesday Dine Out for Kids promotion for the radiothon, total donations were at $305,500. By Wednesday afternoon, the total had climbed to $315,000 and was still rising.
The Mountain States Foundation has earmarked the funds for several key areas of investment in the health and well-being of children in the 29 counties of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina served by the hospital. Those areas include community-based child abuse prevention efforts and an expansion of the children’s hospital’s operating room.
According to the foundation, more than 1,400 donors, more than 100 volunteers and 12 sponsors contributed to the radiothon’s success.
“This has been an incredible two days,” foundation President Pat Holtsclaw said. “Thank you to everyone who donated. It means so much to the young patients and families the children’s hospital serves.”
Opportunities to help meet to the health care needs of the region’s children will continue this weekend and early next week with a couple of popular benefits lined up for Children’s Miracle Network services at Wellmont Health System hospitals.
The annual Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show will be held at Saturday at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray. On Tuesday, IHOP restaurants here and across the nation will host their annual National Pancake Day for the Children’s Miracle Network to raise funding for hospitals in their home communities.
The toy and hobby show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday inside the fairground’s Commercial Building No. 1 just inside the main gate. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger. The show features a wide array of new and vintage toys, comic books, video games, sports cards and other collectibles. More information about the show can be found at the Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show Facebook page.
Tuesday’s National Pancake Day event at participating IHOPs will offer free short stacks of the restaurant’s signature buttermilk pancakes in exchange for a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Like the toy and hobby show, all donations raised at local IHOPs will go to Wellmont hospitals’ pediatric services and community partnerships to enhance children’s health.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.