Toy Drive benefits foster kids

Announcement from Mix 96.5:

(Asheville, NC) – He’s a 9-year old boy whose only wish is for “a good Christmas”. She’s a little girl who is only asking Santa to bring her real Play Doh. Children like these are the reason Tammy and Dex, Morning Show hosts on Mix 96.5 (WOXL), are spending the week outdoors.

The morning show duo is “Camping for Kids” on the front lawn of the radio station located at 1190 Patton Avenue and are pledging to be there around the clock until 5pm Friday evening. It’s a marathon toy drive intended to make Christmas wishes, large and small, a reality for area children in foster care and shelters.

When asked why they would hold the toy drive outside for five days, Tammy and Dex said “so many of these children have done without for much of their lives. The least we can do is give up some comfort to raise awareness about their situation and to help make this a better Christmas for them.”

The toys and donations generated from the Camping for Kids toy drive will benefit children in local shelters and foster care programs like Caring for Children.

“Most children come to us with a little brown bag or trash bag that has everything they own in it,” Caring for Children’s Renaye Owen said of foster children. “This year, I’ve had to pick up children at the hospital that didn’t have any clothes at all.”

Yet despite their circumstances, these children are like their peers when it comes to wanting gifts under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. “It’s huge,” Owen said. “That brings that normalcy to them that they may not ever have had.”

Basketballs, Barbies, Hot Wheels and Legos are among the most popular wishes. Toy donations may be dropped off with Tammy & Dex at 1190 Patton Avenue, at Massage Envy at 1863 Hendersonville Road and at Frog Level Brewing, 56 Commerce Street in Waynesville. For more details on the toy drive, contact Mix 96.5 Program Director Neal Sharpe at 259-9695 or

About Mix 96.5:
Mix 96.5 is part of Asheville Radio Group – Western North Carolina’s leading radio advertising company, reaching thousands of listeners every week on the world-class radio stations of Mix 96.5, 105.9 The Mountain, 98.1 the RIVER and ESPN Radio 1310 & 970.


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