The 22nd annual “98.5 KLUC Chet Buchannan Show Toy Drive” benefitting HELP of Southern Nevada exceeded expectations with the 12-day event filling 42 50-foot Coca Cola trucks with new toys, 6,533 bicycles and $516,170 in gift cards and monetary donations. This year’s drive-through Toy Drive, presented by Venetian and Sands Cares, set records in contributions made for those most in need the local community.
“We are overwhelmed with this year’s support of the ‘98.5 KLUC Chet Buchannan Show Toy Drive,’” said HELP of Southern Nevada President and CEO, Fuilala Riley. “The community really showed up for one another and has made it possible for HELP of Southern Nevada to provide holiday cheer to over 2,500 local families as well as 79 nonprofit agencies throughout the valley with toys, bikes and gift cards. We are grateful for Chet, Entercom, Venetian and Sands Cares’ support along with everyone who donated just one more toy, bike and gift card at this year to Toy Drive.
This holiday season now more than ever the Las Vegas community is in need of support and holiday cheer. For 12 days, radio host Chet Buchanan lived high above the annual Toy Drive atop of a scaffolding platform in the NV Energy parking lot on W. Sahara while listeners, businesses and supporters drove through and donated new and unwrapped toys, gift cards, cash donations and bikes for children, from newborns to 18 years old.
The donations from the “98.5 Chef Buchannan Show Toy Drive” will be distributed to 79 nonprofit organizations in Southern Nevada and 2,500 pre-qualified families by HELP of Southern Nevada.
Entercom is committed to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of its business. The “98.5 KLUC Chet Buchannan Show Toy Drive” is a part of Entercom Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good. Entercom unites with its listeners and brands to support sound communities through several pillars of impact: children’s health, mental health and anti-bullying, veterans and service members, the environment, civic education, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
About HELP of Southern Nevada:
Celebrating 50 years in the Las Vegas Valley in 2020, HELP of Southern Nevada provides assistance to low-income families, homeless teens and adults and other individuals, to help them reach self-sufficiency through direct services, trainings and referrals. HELP operates 10 departments, consists of 157 employees and serves tens of thousands of unduplicated clients each year. Programs available include Behavioral Health Services, Coordinated Entry Community Matchers, Crisis Teams, Emergency Resources Services, Framing Hope Warehouse, Holiday Assistance, Homeless Services, Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Weatherization and Work Opportunities Readiness Center. For more information, call HELP of Southern Nevada at 702.369.4357 or visit www.helpsonv.org. Follow HELP of Southern Nevada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.