AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — It is a milestone here at KAMR Local 4 News as our parent company, Nexstar Media Group, Inc., celebrated 25 years of broadcasting.
From table saws and hard hats to gardening gloves and paintbrushes, our team has picked up many tools over the past four years to celebrate Nexstar’s Founder’s Day of Caring.
“When we came upon our 20th anniversary, I was like, ‘What can we do to commemorate this? This is an important milestone,’ and I said, ‘We are a local service business. We serve our local communities with content and help advertisers sell things.’ So, the best we can do is give back to our communities as a thank you,” said Nexstar Media Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Perry Sook.
So Sook established Founder’s Day of Caring, giving his employees a half-day of paid time off to give back to the communities they work and live in.
Ripping weeds out of the ground, building new homes for dogs, and helping pack food for those in need, these were just a few ways we at KAMR Local 4 News chose to spend the day celebrating Nexstar’s Founder’s Day of Caring.
“Volunteers [are] one of the heartbeats of what we do here, and it’s been an area that suffered over the past year with COVID,” said Zack Wilson, the executive director of the High Plains Food Bank. “It’s truly a blessing that y’all would do that and, and help us literally continue our mission at a time where we need it most.”
One of our teams cleared weeds out of the garden at the High Plains Food Bank, and helped sort donated food to put on the shelves.
“The less time that our actual staff is spent doing the little things like pulling weeds and maintaining the plants, the more time we’re able to get out and actually do the education piece, which is the more impactful part of what we do.” said Justin Young, High Plains Food Bank.
Our food bank team was able to sort 7,000 pounds of food, equaling about 5,900 meals.
We also had a team at Gracie’s Project, a non-profit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating animals in the Texas Panhandle.
“It really touches my heart, because how much Gracie’s means to me personally, and what the mission that we’re doing means. And to see other people care about it as much as I do personally, and as all of the volunteers do that put our time into this. It really means a lot and it really makes your heart feel good,” said Cheryl Goswick, a volunteer with Gracie’s Project.
There our crew worked to clean out kennels, build new ones, and spend quality time with the dogs.
“Having them out here doing this for us, lets us take care of other things. And these little things sometimes we don’t have the time to do or we do them at night or early in the morning. So this is wonderful.” said Goswick
The Gracie’s Project team built 15 new kennels for their dogs.
Sook said the concept is locally oriented, and he is just providing the funds and time to give back.
“We are a local service business,” said Sook. “The best thing we can do to celebrate our success is to give back to the communities that made us successful. That’s the whole intent of founders day and that’s what we’re all about,” said Sook.