Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 17, 2009) - The Christmas wishes of many Northwest Arkansas families were met thanks to listeners of local radio station 101.1 FM KLRC. For the third year, KLRC initiated its “Christmas Wish” campaign in hopes of touching the lives of listeners who are facing various challenges and need a helping hand this season.
After Thanksgiving, KLRC began asking listeners to make a Christmas wish online at www.KLRC.com for themselves or someone they knew. To date, 57 wishes have been posted online and 18 wishes have been granted. In addition, a wish will be granted on air every weekday morning through Christmas Eve.
Some of the wishes that have been granted include: Replacing a busted window on a single mother’s car so that she and her children would not freeze on the way to school and work, providing Christmas dinner and groceries for an army veteran who has been out of state looking for work and is returning home for Christmas with his wife, giving a mattress so that three children would not have to sleep on the floor after their father lost his job and they all moved in with their grandparents.
When “Christmas Wish” began in 2007, KLRC hoped to be able to help grant three wishes, but the project has exploded into something much bigger that has allowed many individuals, families, co-workers, and businesses touch the lives of many in need.
"We're humbled to just be a part of it,” said Mark Michaels, morning show host and program director. "'Christmas Wish' marks the second month in a row that listeners have partnered with the station on special events designed to give to others. In November, KLRC listeners stepped up to perform random acts of kindness in response to KLRC’s “Pay it Forward” campaign.