Radiothon Raises $19,000 For Tornado Victims
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
June 30, 2014 4:04 PM
Donations have continued to pour in to the Wessington Springs community after an EF-2 tornado cut through the city almost two weeks ago.
KMIT, Mitchell's most listened to radio station, is teaming up with Minnesota Viking and South Dakotan, Chad Greenway. Their goal is to raise as much money as possible for the children of Wessington Springs.
“Chad of course had heard about what happened in Wessington Springs and we kind of talked back and forth and wanted to do something for the kids,” said Tim Smith the general manager of KMIT.
It's a simple one day radiothon that will use the money earned for toys and sports equipment. And Greenway's charity will match up to $4,000 in donations.
‘Things all the way from bikes to sports equipment, they had a nonprofit daycare that was damaged. They need a lot of work done. They need swing sets, those sorts of things,” said Smith.
Destruction is hard for anyone, but the Mitchell community and beyond came together to rally around the children affected by this natural disaster.
“It's hard for anyone in the community to accept it. But, I think it's especially for the kids to try and realize why something like this would happen,” added Smith.
KMIT, Chad Greenway, and the South Dakota community raised $19,250 on Monday.
The radio station and Greenway will present the check to the mayor of Wessington Springs Tuesday in Mount Vernon.
KMIT says they will continue to accept donations for the remaidner of the week.