Friday was our parent company’s, birthday.
Nexstar broadcasting has been around since 1996, and to celebrate Nexstar stations gave back to the community.
There were 113 total beneficiaries across 64 locations across the country.
KASW in Phoenix held a photo shoot for foster kids to help improve their chances in adoption.
While WROC in Rochester, New York framed an entire house in their parking lot for Habitat for Humanity.
We here at KAMR Local 4 chose the Amarillo Parks and Rec.
Their cause was one we couldn’t pass up.
Brandy Sanchez, KAMR Local 4’s general manager says, “We’re making water balloons, we’re waiting on the splash pad to get up and running, we’re just having a good time. We had some spaghetti, some alfredo and it was awesome.”
Amarillo Parks and Rec currently have their summer program going on which helps feed children everyday.
Karly McCutchan, the Amarillo Parks and Rec marketing coordinator says, “We give out a free lunch to any child who signs up the day before. Any age 1 to 18. On average we feed about 6,000 a summer.”
Parents say it’s a program that’s excellent for families in tough situations.
Traci Moore, who has five kids in summer program says, “I have five kids, so it helps out a lot since school is out. They have activities which help burn energy then we get help with the meals, and that helps out a lot.”
So to help we assisted in handing out hundreds of boxed lunches to children at seventeen different area parks.
“You know, it’s really awesome for us to give back.” Sanchez explained, “That is really our number one priority with Nexstar Broadcasting, is to give back to our local communities. What better way than feeding kids and interacting and being a mentor for these young guys.”
We were able to provide 430 meals at 17 different parks to area children.
The nationwide goal for the 103 involved Nexstar stations was 20,000 hours of community service.