NWA Students Benefit from KLRC Listeners
Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 7, 2008) - 101.1 FM KLRC partnered with the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers to provide school supply-filled backpacks to needy Northwest Arkansas children. Thanks to the “KLRC Cares: Back 2 School” project, more than 1,500 backpacks were filled with school supplies by listeners of the radio station. The backpacks were given away at the Samaritan Community Centers in Rogers and Springdale on August 5 and 6. Families began lining up for the chance to get a backpack long before the scheduled giveaway time of 9 a.m. each day. Jen Ryan, KLRC Promotions Director and Morning Show Co-Host, was on hand to help give out the backpacks to needy NWA students. "We heard stories throughout the day of why people were in need of backpacks - grandmothers raising their grandchildren while their own children are serving our country overseas, foster parents in need, and many families just going through a hard season of life,” said Ryan. "The most touching moment for me came when a Dad shook my hand and I noticed his eyes were filled with tears. His two children were too busy to notice the impact on their dad because they were excitedly looking through their new backpacks." It is estimated that one out of every four children in Arkansas lives in poverty. Over 30,000 children are currently enrolled in the free/reduced school lunch program in Northwest Arkansas alone. "KLRC listeners, once again, made a positive difference in Northwest Arkansas,” said Ryan. “I am so impressed with their desire to help other people. From cash donations, to school supplies, to volunteering their time to help hand out backpacks, to everyone who prayed alongside us—it truly was a group effort."