PLYMOUTH — Friday, WTCA-AM 1050 will be working 9 to 5 to make some local kids’ Christmas a little brighter.
The radio station will host its fourth annual Shop With a Cop radio auction with all the proceeds going to the FOP Lodge #195 yearly program that takes as many kids in need in the county Christmas shopping as possible. Last year the program helped over 300 kids have a Christmas they might not have had otherwise.
“We do this because we feel very fortunate for what we have,” said Kathy Bottorff of WTCA. “We have so much but there are so many families in the county that don't and we're going to do everything we can to help them.”
The station also helps with food for area families at the holidays. They delivered food baskets to six area families for Thanks-giving and will “adopt” six more families for Christmas with a gift of food and gifts.
Last year, the station was able to raise around $10,000 for the Shop With a Cop program. This year promises to be even better.
“We have many more items than we did a year ago,” said Bottorff. “I'm pretty sure we have double the donations this year.”
Along with the extended hours for the auction the station has made several changes that will make things easier. If you plan on bidding on an item, call the station at 574-936-4096 ahead of time and procure a bid number. This will streamline the process during the auction allowing you to skip the step of placing your bid and giving your address and phone number. You can simply bid and give your bid number.
You may also see all the items that are up for auction by visiting the station’s website at http://am1050.com  and click on the Shop With a Cop section. Viewers will be able to look through photos of the items up for bid.
Some of the highlights include a refurbished copier and Toshiba flat screen TV provided by Adams Remco, a college course from Ancilla College, hundreds of sports memorabilia items including a Scott Skiles autographed basketball card, a Pete Rose autographed baseball, and a T-shirt signed by NASCAR’s Carl Edwards.