HUTCHINSON, Kan. — 2023 is the 30th anniversary of KWBW's Project Concern, the annual assistance program where with the help of listeners, the Salvation Army and Dillons, KWBW helps make Thanksgiving better for those in need in Hutchinson and Reno County.
It was a fabulous success this year, with $21,500 raised. Major D.J. James said 720 families applied and are eligible for assistance this year. 2,650 people will get help thanks to BW listeners, and especially one, in particular.
"We had a listener on Friday write us a check for $10,000," said KWBW Program Director Rob Dreher. "We had four listeners give checks of $500 or more, we had two $1000 checks."
The majority were smaller gifts of $20, $50 or $100. Seventy-five percent of all the money brought in goes to the Salvation Army. The other 25% is split between the Christian Soup Ministry and Friendship Meals. The Salvation Army will receive over $16,000 in gift cards from Dillons. Dillons is always gracious in stretching those dollars as far as possible. Christian Soup Ministry and Friendship Meals will each get about $2650.
"I can't say thank you enough," Dreher said. "From our staff here at BW Radio, we are so thankful for our awesome listeners who are going to make this 30th Anniversary of Project Concern the best ever. Thank you!"