Wednesday, December 14, 2016 — Every Christmas, Clark Howard and Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta Radio’s News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM) join with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia to provide gifts for foster kids all across Georgia. In the 26th year of the program, Clark’s Christmas Kids met the most ambitious goal yet, providing 8,360 foster kids with the items on their Christmas lists.
“The fact that 8,360 children will get Christmas gifts this year through Clark’s Christmas Kids it is a wonderful testament to the generosity and caring of the thousands of people of Georgia who donated, and the hundreds who volunteered to make this Christmas Miracle happen,” said John A. Berry, Chief Executive Officer of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. “We at St. Vincent de Paul Georgia are honored to have been part of the program again this year and look forward to working with WSB Radio and Clark next year.”
Events to collect donations and gifts took place over the course of two weeks at nine 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 from Channel 2 (WSB-TV) and on-air talent from CMG’s 97.1 The River (WSRV), B98.5 (WSB-FM), and KISS 104.1 (WALR). The outpouring of support from the community was overwhelming as the number of gifts purchased and donated grew at each location.
Pete Spriggs, WSB Radio’s Director of Branding and Programming, said, “This is clear evidence of the incredible power of local radio. Our talent from WSB, KISS 104.1, B98.5, and 97.1 The River were everywhere in the Atlanta Metro – North, South, East, and West. And, listeners responded to them with what amounts to more than $1 million in donations! Clark Howard is the most trusted and biggest-hearted man in broadcasting – end of story. He rallied all this and worked a miracle.”
Clark Howard added, “I never thought we’d be able to take care of that many kids. I’m just blown away by the generosity I saw from our listeners and my fellow Americans. I’m amazed at what we have accomplished in our 26th year and thank WSB Radio, St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, and our friends at WSB-TV for their continued support. If not for them, none of these kids would have presents on Christmas morning.”
CMG Atlanta Radio thanks Walmart and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia for their invaluable help in coordinating this year’s effort, as well as our sponsors, SCANA Energy and The Goddard School.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group (CMG) is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please visit www.coxmediagroup.com.
About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians”) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.