Kansas Citians will have the chance to help kids in crisis in the community during the annual Larry Stewart Memorial Radiothon.
The Radiothon will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Salvation Army Children’s Shelter, which cares for children birth to age 17 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect.
The 2013 Larry Stewart Memorial Radiothon, to be broadcast live on 610 Sports Radio, will feature appearances from local sports and media celebrities.
The public may donate to the Radiothon by calling 816-842-KIDS (5437) on Aug. 22 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., stopping by Crown Center during the event or going online anytime at www.saradiothon.org.
The Radiothon, sponsored by 610 Sports Radio and 106.5 the Wolf, is named in honor of Larry Stewart, Kansas City, Mo.’s “Secret Santa,” who died in 2007. Stewart, who gave away more than $1 million anonymously over his lifetime, co-hosted the Salvation Army’s Radio Day event for many years and was devoted to the Salvation Army’s mission of helping people in need. This is the eighth year The Salvation Army and 610 Sports Radio have joined together on the Radiothon. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $500,000 for the Children’s Shelter.
The Salvation Army Children’s Shelter is the largest emergency children’s shelter in the Kansas City area. Many of the children come to the shelter after being placed into state custody due to a hotline line. The children remain at the shelter until authorities determine the home environment is safe for the child to return, or until another suitable placement is found.
Children may also be placed at the shelter voluntarily by their parents during a time of crisis, such as homelessness, hospitalization or incarceration. This care is free for families and requires the parents work with social work staff on the issues that brought them to the point of crisis. Since opening in 1981, the Children’s Shelter has cared for more than 7,200 children in crisis.