Nearly $4000 in two hours was raised by Townsquare Media Yakima employees on a Thursday morning (with temperatures hovering slightly above freezing)! That feat is something we are truly grateful of and we wanted to thank you for your generosity!

Why radio disc jockeys prefer to stand outside in the cold for fundraisers, I'll never fully understand, but that's just one of the things we tend to do.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that people who want to donate canned goods for the food drive (or cash or checks) know that they can make a quick stop off the side of the road and not have to find parking to donate something to help the homeless in our communities.

Perhaps it has something to do with knowing that those of us who are truly fortunate to have a roof over our heads and a choice of select foods in our pantries are able to do so while hundreds of individuals and families are living homeless in the Yakima Valley.

We are grateful for each person and local businesses who stopped by our studio parking lot (4010 Summitview Ave) to donate to our Northwest Harvest Food Drive this morning on the way to work, school or wherever they were headed!

With your help, in just two hours (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) our local Townsquare hub was able to raise $2,599 in monetary donations plus a cash match from Coastal Farm & Ranch of $1000, with a grand total of $3,599!

Sheri Bissell, Central Washington Community Engagement Manager of Northwest Harvest, says that it means their organization will be able to provide over 16,000 meals (at $0.67 a meal).