Lancaster Archery Supply and I 105 help needy, local family at Christmas
Lancaster Archery Supply and country music station I 105 joined forces Nov. 25 to help bring Christmas cheer to a struggling Lancaster County, Pa., family. And the partnership proved to be a hit."Your event was a big success," Lisa Schaeffer, an account executive with I 105's parent company, Cumulus Media, said of the LAS event. "It seemed like your employees really got behind it."On Nov. 25, LAS hosted I 105 personality Murph at the company's Pro Shop at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. Murph and his team collected donations of money and gifts over the course of a few hours as part of the radio station's Pay it Forward Christmas initiative.Through that effort,the station teams up with local businesses to raise funds for needy, local families. The Lancaster Archery event was aimed at an anonymous family from Adamstown hit by recent tragedy.A woman is struggling after the death of her 35-year-old husband two months ago. The young man died of cancer, leaving his wife to now pay a mountain of medical bills and care for the couple's four children - two boys, ages 14 and 9, and two girls, ages 12 and 7. The family was nominated for Pay it Forward Christmas by a relative.All day long Nov. 25, Murph and other radio personalities announced on the air that people could stop by Lancaster Archery to drop off donations that could help the family have a bountiful Christmas.According to Schaeffer, about $1,600 in cash, gift cards and gifts were collected at LAS. That sum includes a new Xbox video game system bought by LAS employees."Based on other events we've had, you're right up there at the top with that amount," Schaeffer said of the total collection.Another Pay it Forward event held at a Berks County car dealership Nov. 27 raised even more funds and gifts for the Adamstown family, bringing the total collected to over $2,000."The family has four kids, so they can certainly use every bit of it," Schaeffer said.Donations still can be dropped off at the Pro Shop until Dec. 19, so there is more time to give.I 105 officials will meet with a family representative sometime within the next two weeks to deliver everything collected through Lancaster Archery Supply and the car dealership, according to Schaeffer."We are very grateful for companies like (Lancaster Archery) that are willing to help out the community in times like this," she said.