ATLANTA – Clark Howard and Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta’s News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM), in partnership with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), St. Vincent de Paul Georgia and Walmart, successfully fulfilled Christmas lists from more than 10,000 children in foster care during Clark’s Christmas Kids.
Events to collect donations and gifts took place over the course of two weeks at ten Walmart locations in the metro Atlanta area. Each event included a live broadcast on News 95.5 and AM750 WSB featuring Clark Howard with special appearances from other WSB Radio hosts, as well as news anchors, reporters and meteorologists from Channel 2 Action News (WSB-TV) and on-air talent from CMG’s B98.5 (WSB-FM). In addition to the number of gifts purchased and donated at each location, more than $247,000 in monetary donations was raised to support the program in its 28th year.
“I am humbled by the incredible generosity of so many Georgians who showed up for children in foster care during this year’s Clark’s Christmas Kids, which benefits the Division’s Secret Santa program,” said Tom C. Rawlings, Interim DFCS Director. This collaborative effort wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our volunteers, Clark Howard and his amazing team, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, and our generous donors and sponsors. Thank you all for giving hope to children in foster care this holiday season.
“I am so thankful for the thousands of our volunteers who helped make this year’s Clark’s Christmas Kids a success,” said John A. Berry, CEO of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. “The people of Georgia once again demonstrated their incredible generosity and allowed us to ensure that a record number of foster kids will have a joyous holiday this year. We at St. Vincent de Paul are humbled and grateful to be a part of this effort.”
Clark Howard added, “I am so excited by the overwhelming response from the generous souls who have now made it possible for 10,000 foster children to have gifts Christmas morning. We did it!”
CMG Atlanta and WSB Radio thank Walmart and St. Vincent de Paul Georgia for their support in coordinating this year’s effort, as well as our sponsors, SCANA Energy, The Goddard School and Rocco’s European Garage.