Mary Beth Sallee
Reporter, Hart County News-Herald
WLOC Clothes for Kids will host its annual fall Radio Auction beginning on Monday, October 25 at 9 a.m.
A nonprofit organization, WLOC Clothes for Kids was formed in 1998 to provide clothes for needy children in the area.
Dewayne Forbis, owner of the local radio station, was made aware that children were arriving to school without coats, in shoes that were way too tight or too large with newspaper stuffed in the toes, and in clothing often dirty and badly worn.
Forbis realized that something must be done. He recruited several volunteers and hosted an event in the parking lot of his business. The event raised $5,500.
“The money made such a difference in the lives of those children,” said Wilma Bunnell, Director of Family Resource and Youth Service Centers (FRYSC) of the Caverna Independent School District.
Forbis serves as the President of the WLOC Clothes for Kids organization which works with the Family Resource Centers at nine different schools within the Caverna and Hart County School Districts to serve local children in need.
According to Bunnell, many children within the school districts reside in households with low income or disabled parents or grandparents on fixed incomes. Some children also experience homelessness.
“WLOC works with the school systems year-round by assisting with back-to-school clothes, by providing clothes to children that lose their personal belongings in a house fire, by giving out coats in the winter and shoes as needed,” Bunnell said. “…So many families have been blessed with clothing because of WLOC Clothes for Kids.”
Every dollar raised during the Radio Auction goes directly to the WLOC Clothes for Kids organization and into the Family Resource Centers of the schools. This year, donations are still greatly needed for the auction.
“The auction is in need of any donations such as gift certificates, new items, themed gift baskets, and antiques,” Forbis said. “Cash donations can also be made and are tax-deductible.”
Tax-deductible gifts can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 98
Horse Cave, Ky 42749
The auction will be broadcast on Studio 101.7 and WLOC AM 1150 beginning October 25 at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Dewayne Forbis at 270-774-1485.