FAN Toy Drive is underway!

November 26, 2018 - 12:26 pm

By Daniel Plocher

MILWAUKEE- The 12th annual FAN toy drive starts on Monday, Nov. 26 and runs until Friday, Nov. 30 from Blain’s Farm and Fleet located at 501 West Rawson Avenue in Oak Creek. We need your help and donations to give toys to children in need at the Robyn’s Nest Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

All 105.7FM The Fan shows will be live from Blain’s Farm and Fleet in Oak Creek throughout the week where you can drop off donations and toys and listen in on some of your favorite on-air personalities including LeRoy Butler, Ramie Mahklouf, Bill Michaels, Gary Ellerson, Chuck Freimund, Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer, and Bart Winkler. They will be live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day during the week.

The FAN toy drive started twelve years ago when former sports director Ryan Maguire wanted to become more involved with the community. The Fan reached out to The Children’s Hospital and the idea of creating the toy drive was born. Christmas was the perfect time for an event like this to occur. We have loved every moment of this event over the past twelve years.

The Wendy’s Big Show host, Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer, called it a “big deal” and has been impressed the growth that we have seen over the past 12 years, “In the first year, we did around 7,000 in toys in cash for that first week. We were pretty excited about that. Fast forward to 2018 and it has become way, way bigger than we had ever thought. Hopefully, we can do it again this year and continue to help the kids in the children’s hospital and the foster families with Robin’s Nest.”

Bart Winkler, the host of Chuck and Winkler has “straddled the line between ‘shocked’ and ‘not surprised’” by the tremendous turnouts and success of the event. “I say I’m not surprised because our listeners are very supportive of what we are trying to do and they seem to look forward to the week as much as we do. But it still leaves me shocked when we tally up the totals and when I see that final truck completely full of toys, it’s overwhelming.”

Winkler also notices the overall importance of the event saying, “I’ve been fortunate to meet some of the kids when they receive the toys as well. I just hope I’m able to do a good enough job telling their stories on air to remind people how meaningful these donations can be to these children.”

This event is so important to help out some kids who otherwise may not have the Christmas that they deserve. Every toy and every donation no matter how large or small is extremely valuable to us and to these kids. So, please consider dropping by and giving a donation at Blain’s Farm and Fleet in Oak Creek.

We need your help!!! Want to contribute to the cause? Follow this link

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