The B94.5 crew is collecting for the State College Food Bank just in time for Thanksgiving! All you have to do is stay in your car and we will retrieve the items from your passenger side, backseat, or trunk!

Date: November 23rd
Time: Noon-6pm
Location: Quaker Steak and Lube – 501 Benner Pike

Needs List (Updated November 6, 2020):

  • Canned Homestyle Soups (Progresso, Campbell’s Chunky, etc.)
  • Protein Beans
  • Tomato Product (diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, etc.)
  • Side Dishes (Rice-A-Roni, Knorr sides, boxed potato dishes, Hamburger/Tuna Helpers)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Snack Items (Chips, Pretzels, Crackers, etc.)
  • Cooking Oil (Vegetable, Canola, or Olive Oil)
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Tea Bags (Black, Green, or Herbal)

Non-Food Items

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Liquid Hand Soap

HOLIDAY FOOD ITEMS
*We are collecting items for our Thanksgiving and Holiday meals, which we will start distributing in late-October and continue through late-December! Needed shelf-stable items include: Stuffing Mix, Gravy, Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes, Canned Green Beans & Corn, Apple Pie Filling.

What about CRANBERRY SAUCE and CANNED PUMPKIN?! We already have a healthy stock of Cranberry Sauce and Canned Pumpkin in our pantry. While we will happily accept those items, they are not in as great of a need as the other holiday food items mentioned above.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • We are not in need of the following: Baby Food, Baby Formula
  • We cannot accept expired or opened food items. Please check the expiration dates on items before donating them. Our food donation¬†guidelines¬†provide assistance in determining what can be accepted.

This Food Drive is powered by Cartridges Galore in State College!

Without a doubt, 2020 has become a very challenging year. With Penn State closing on November 20th and the restrictions of numbers of people that can be in one room at a time, the following is our plan for 2020:

1. Moving into the Penn Stater on Friday November 13th and NOT wrapping any of the toys. We expect to be restricted to no more than 25 people in a room at a time.

2. At least for the Centre County food pantries, we plan to fill the orders with four items per child but instead of wrapping them to otherwise put four items into a smaller garbage bag, labeled by age and gender, and then consolidated by food pantry,

3. Collection points will be significantly reduced to those locations that can support being a collection point so we will be trying to draw media support to, as much as possible, shift from having donations of toys to making direct monetary donations to Toys for Tots for Centre County at the toysfortots.org website. Our local sub-account can be reached directly at: https://lemont-pa.toysfortots.org. Historically,we take the prior year’s donations and use that to purchase toys from wholesalers leaving about a $10,000 reserve for the next year. We are looking to draw down our sub-account of approximately $28,000 to near $0 and if we get even more monetary donations than can otherwise be expected, we can potentially tap into this year’s donations to further supplement this year. We have access to about eight different wholesalers and can get toys from some of the wholesalers in 2-3 days.

4. We will be looking to try to get all of the toys and food removed from the Penn Stater on Wednesday November 18th so that would be the date that I would be hoping to get the toys to Mifflin County.

5. The annual food drive will also continue as in the past. Based on recent news articles, the need for food is greater than usual.

6. Our annual kick-off breakfast is also cancelled for 2020.

For those of you that may not be aware, last year we obtained significantly more toys directly from donations to the Toys for Tots Foundation than in years past. If we had too many toys or funds left over, we would receive no toys from the Foundation the next year. Mifflin county is not only the second poorest county in PA but also, there has never been anyone come to the plate to become a Toys for Tots coordinator for Mifflin County. Last year we saw this as an opportunity to ensure that we were within the guidelines of the Foundation to obtain toys the next year as well as to provide some toys to this impoverished county. In the matter of less than four weeks we had Father John Harwood from the Lewistown Episcopal church, a group of Geisinger doctors, a semi-trailer and truck, and other volunteers in place to accept over 3500 toys for distribution for needy children in the Lewistown area. It is our goal to repeat that assistance in 2020.

Gene Weller, Major, USMCR (Ret)
Coordinator, Centre County Toys for Tots

You can give back without needing to spend ANY money. Donate Blood and help others who are struggling during this pandemic. Winter is also the worst season for blood-drive turn-outs. Register online for an American Red Cross Blood Drive!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A BLOOD DRIVE

After registering, you can use the RapidPass option to answer necessary questions BEFORE coming in – it will save you time when you get there!

CLICK HERE FOR RAPIDPASS

Do you know someone who could use a HUGE Thank You??

For the week of Thanksgiving, B94.5 will help you say thanks to those people!

Call 814-272-2945 at ANY time to leave a message with your thank you.

  1. Say your name and who you’re thanking
  2. Say your message!
  3. That’s it!

Listen to B94.5 throughout Thanksgiving week to hear all the Thanksgiving Thank Yous!

Dedicate a song to somebody on Thanksgiving!!

Call 814-272-2945 at ANY time to leave a message with your dedication.

  1. Say your name and the person you want to dedicate a song to.
  2. Say the song name and artist.
  3. (optional) Say why you’re dedicating the song.
  4. That’s it!

Listen to B94.5 on Thanksgiving Day to hear all the Thanksgiving Dedications!