This week’s cold and windy weather isn’t stopping South Jersey residents from turning out to give to those in need this Thanksgiving.
The ninth annual Operation Help food drive is in full swing as a group of South Jersey radio stations teams up to combat one of the biggest issues in the area: hunger.
Operation Help is an annual effort by the radio stations of Longport Media to collect much-needed food and cash donations for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and its 250 partner charities across South Jersey.
“Every year, we’re amazed at the generosity of our listeners and area schools and businesses who all pull together to help out neighbors in need,” said Paul Kelly, vice president of broadcast operations for Longport Media.
Over the past nine years, Operation Help has collected more than 30 tons of food and raised more than $30,000 in cash donations, Kelly said.
Scott Cronick, director of entertainment publications for The Press and host of “Off The Press With Scott Cronick” on News Talk 1400 WOND-AM, broadcast his daily radio show live from Chickie’s and Pete’s in Egg Harbor Township on Monday afternoon.
Cronick collected donations of food and cash that were dropped off by readers and listeners.
“This is one of the few charities where you can see your donation immediately affecting people’s lives, and the response really is amazing,” Cronick said.
Matt and Karle, hosts of the WMGM Morning Show on Longport Media’s 103.7 WMGM Rocks, have been camped out at Chickie’s and Pete’s since noon Saturday along with other 103.7 radio personalities.
“We’ve had huge donations from area businesses that collect from their employees and schools who run their own Operation Help drives,” said co-host Karle Yanocha.
They will remain there collecting donations 24 hours a day through 3 p.m. Wednesday.