Riley Radio Days, a two-day event that raises money for the KC Riley Kids Fund, is continuing Friday on 107.3 WRSW.
Thursday was day one for the fundraising, and $25,500 was collected.
The money donated during the radiothon will go not only to Riley Children’s Hospital, but to Kosciusko County families who have children in treatment there.
The funds help pay for gas, food, and lodging for parents of Riley kids. Co-Founder of the KC Riley Kids Fund Alan Alderfer says there’s a big need for it in our community.
“There are so many families in this community that travel to Riley. It’s very expensive to travel and you’re also having to take time off work,” he explains. “There’s so much need here and we run out of money every year– we’ve got to raise this money.”
Alderfer says he wants parents from Kosciusko County to be able to afford to be with their kids when they need them the most.
“When you hear these families having to make the decision– are they going to pay the utility bill, or are they going to take their child to the hospital? We don’t ever want that to happen,” he says.
The KC Riley Kids Fund doesn’t set a specific fundraising goal for Riley Radio Days, as they want to graciously accept any help that is offered, even if its just a quarter.
News Now Warsaw will have the total amount raised during Riley Radio Days posted on Facebook.com/NewsNowWarsaw on Friday night.
In 2017, $64,438.22 was collected from listeners and matching donors.