Kids 2 Kids is Positively Milwaukee
Carole Meekins reports. Video by tmj4.comvideo
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jonathan Green recently kicked off his annual Kids2Kids toy drive on the "Greenhouse."Green talked about how he got the idea for Kids2 Kids. "It actually started one day when a truck crashed through the wall at the House of Peace destroyed everything and ruined all the Christmas presents that were under the tree."
That happened back in 1994, and since then Green has raised thousands of dollars to make sure kids in need have toys for the holidays. Jim Kacmarcik, CEO of Kapco Incorporated is a proud sponsor. He says, "It's a great opportunity and the kids really get it."
Kids2Kids is a different type of toy drive. Children are encouraged to buy the toys and donate them to another child in need. Green reveals, "I took my own grandkids and I gave them each 50 bucks turned them loose in a toy store. What was interesting is that I learned something about my own grandkids. One got educational toys the other got goofy stuff." Green laughs.
Kacmarcik explains, Here's a chance for them to just learn the lesson about giving back to another kid who needs help." Last year Kapco Metal Stamping collected 10 thousand toys for the Salvation Army and other charities.
Kacmarcik says, "It's part of a calling of what we should be doing as a people. I think if everyone helped each other gave of themselves time and talent the world would be a better place."
Green adds, I think we provide the catalyst and the connection and that works very well. That's one of the great services a radio station like ours can perform and I'm glad we're willing to do it and able to do it."
And thanks to caring folks like Jonathan Green and Jim Kacmarcik hundreds of kids will have reason to smile this holiday season.