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Rock 102.5 wants public to 'give it up'

Nov. 17, 1999

FRANK BURNS

Reporter

It's time to rummage through your closets and hold out your forearms, because Rock 102.5 the Bear (KBRQ-FM) is asking Central Texans to 'Give it Up for the Holidays.'

Today and tomorrow, the station will broadcast live outside the studios located at 314 State Highway 6 to collect anything from food to blood. The relief effort will last from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days to help the less fortunate in the Central Texas area.

The station is holding the event to benefit local charities, including the Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, the Red Cross Bloodmobile, the Salvation Army, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Waco Animal Shelter.

The station is asking that people bring whatever they can to help the charities. They will accept money, toys, diapers, blankets, nonperishable food, pet food, clothes or anything in good shape. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will also be there to collect blood donations.

Dorothy Hague, a receptionist for the Waco division of the Salvation Army, said they will accept new unwrapped toys, food items and clothes. She also said when they have the funds, the Salvation Army helps people pay for utilities, rent and medicine.

'I think it gives someone a good feeling when they come and help,' Hague said.

This will be the second 'Give it Up' charity drive. The first, held for tornado victims in Oklahoma City, raised $13,000, three trucks of goods and 30 pints of blood.

'The first 'Give it Up' for the victims of Oklahoma City was so successful. I am looking forward to making this the largest charity event in Central Texas history,' said Bailey '7,' promotions coordinator and afternoon personality for the Bear.

Angela Abeles, communications director for Goodwill Industries of Waco, said this event will give people a chance to conveniently donate to many charities at once.

'To me, having an event like this is a wonderful thing. People know that everything they donate will benefit one or more charities,' Abeles said.

Bailey '7' said volunteers who would like to help unload trucks or set up booths are welcome at the station.

'Anything we can do to make the holidays better for the families in need is a great accomplishment and something I am glad to be part of,' she said.