Alpha Media, Topeka Assists with Rescue Mission’s 2016 Community Gift Drive
TOPEKA, KS, January 12, 2017 – Alpha Media, Topeka joined the Topeka Rescue Mission in collecting thousands of items to distribute to families who otherwise might not have had any presents under the tree. Around 4,000 people were helped this year with 3,700 toys being collected for kids.
Toys and other gifts were dropped off at more than 70 donation barrels at businesses scattered across Topeka. Local organizations sponsoring the drive were tasked with delivering those items to the mission’s distribution center.
Volunteers and mission staffers spent several days transforming a north Topeka warehouse into a holiday-themed store stocked with a wide range of household items, clothing, toys, and knick-knacks. Families and individuals were able to pick come in and pick from the donated items as they would any commercial retailer.
Alpha Media, Topeka Promotions Director, Torey Berndt commented on the announcement, “Everyone knows a kid in their life and everyone has families in their lives. To know what it’s like for yourself on Christmas and to know that you’ve given that feeling to someone else is great. We still have toys coming in at the radio station because they heard about it a couple weeks ago.”
“We could not have done it without the toy drive and the gift drive. We helped so many people and they were so grateful to be able to get the gifts for their families and children,” remarked Kay Ireland, Topeka Rescue Mission Director of Distribution.