MASSENA - The annual Salvation Army radiothon will conclude today with a broadcast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on 1340 WMSA.
Salvation Army Lt. Cynthia L. Crowsen said so far the radiothon, which began on Tuesday, has raised more than $7,000.
I can tell you I deposited $7,000 this afternoon, Lt. Crowsen said, adding that total did not include money raised on Friday.
The radiothon, which was held this year at Ashleys Home Center in Massena also serves as a toy drive, collecting hundred of toys for the Salvation Army to distribute to children in need this holiday season. A number of items are auctioned off during the week to raise funds for the agency.
Lt. Crowsen noted large toy donations came from the SeaComm Credit Union, Trinity School and the Massena Nursery School.
They all came in with gifts they had brought and sang on the radio, Lt. Crowsen said, referring to the nursery school students.
Another unique donation came from the Massena Red Raiders Wrestling Team, who ran to the store with toys as a part of a practice this week.
Thats their warm-up, I guess, she said.
As for the auction, Lt. Crowsen said many of the events bigger ticket items will be sold today as part of what they call the all-week board.
We allow people to bid on them all week and then theyre sold on Saturday, she said.
Items up for grabs today include a pair of round-trip Cape Air tickets to Albany, a two-hour limousine ride, a blue sapphire ring in a gold setting from Peets Jewelers, a room painting gift certificate from TMV Construction, $230 in Wood Pellets from Curran Renewables a gift certificate for a furnace cleaning from Econo Fuels and a $500 gift certificate to Ashleys Home Center.
Another highlight of the todays auction items is the gift tree.
Its full of gift certificates from area businesses in varying amounts, she said.
I cant even venture a guess what the next deposit will be, she said, adding many people were also simply making monetary donations.
We had a $500 donation in honor of Harry Clopman for all they have done for the community and the Salvation Army, she said, explaining until this year when the radionthon had been housed at the now closed Clopmans store.
Were very happy with the auction, she said. Its our first year at Ashleys Home Center, and the community has been very supportive. Theyve given us a lot of toys donations that well give back to children from our community in need, as well as monetary donations that will help us year-round.