As the weather turns colder, the excitement level for the Christmas For Kids promotion is rising.
The latest stop for the crew from Mix 98.1 and the Marine Corps Reserves was the Spangler Candy Museum when Rick Small and company camped out for two 2-hour shifts Dec. 1.
The first shift was from 6-8 a.m. and allowed first shift workers to give money and toys to the cause. The crew came back from 2-4 p.m. to get the second shift workers and other donations.
Different departments showed up in their white smocks to donate cash with a total of $585 raised. The big gift came from Spangler’s insurance company, Medical Mutual which gave $5,000.
“We are very pleased to be working with (Spangler President) Bill Martin and his team,” Medical Mutual Director of Sales Sharon Gillespie said.
The check presentation had Small excited.
“I like those big checks and this is literally a big check, it’s hanging out of the envelope,” Small said.
Small had Martin announce the amount. The check was made out to Spangler’s but the company has designated Christmas for Kids as it charity.
The check may be one of the largest the charity has ever received, Small said. The six-week campaign brought in $274,000 last year and the hope is this year will bring in even more.
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