COLUMBUS, Miss.–Mississippi kids at the Palmer Home need your help. SuperTalk Mississippi is hosting the second annual RadioThon for Palmer Home to raise money for operations in Columbus and Hernando, where kids from bad home situations grow up in a Christian environment.
Palmer Home has been operating as a private, non-profit since 1895. They don’t accept help from the government, but they do welcome your donations.
SuperTalk Mississippi’s 11 stations will start at 6 a.m. Thursday, broadcasting The Gallo Show, JT, and Head to Head live from the Columbus location for 12 hours straight, with this year’s goal of raising $100,000. Last year’s RadioThon brought in $73,000.
So, it’s very doable.
Craig Ray, whose late father worked for Palmer Home and helped conceive the idea for the RadioThon, is a long-time friend of the organization, and started the donations early with a check for $2,000. He challenged you to give what you can in an interview on the JT Show Tuesday.
“Their annual budget is around $6 million to run both homes,” he said. “That is for the upkeep of the properties, food and lodging, education of the kids, to help with the families who watch the kids, administration, and that’s the main budget to carry on as they are, and then hopefully more money to expand those two properties.”
You can get started early by texting “Palmer to 501501, to make an automatic $10 donation through your cell account.
During the RadioThon, you’ll hear directly from children, alumni, staff and supporters of Palmer Home as they share their stories of hope and healing, as well as learning more about the exciting growth that is made possible by generous supporters of the event, said a news release.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with SuperTalk again this year and are truly grateful for their commitment to our mission,” said Josh Whelan, Vice President of Development for Palmer Home. “Since we are privately-funded, we rely on the support of generous partners like SuperTalk to help us impact the lives of hundreds of children. Without organizations like SuperTalk, it would be difficult to create an environment of hope and execute our goal of making our children’s lives whole. It is with profound gratitude we host Supertalk on our Columbus campus again this June.”
A dynamic line-up of guests include Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant; Sam Haskell, renowned TV executive, writer and speaker; Jimmy Wayne, country music singer and songwriter and author; and athlete Tyson Lee, former Mississippi State University quarterback, who after leaving the NFL, moved back to Mississippi and began working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at MSU.
“It is a tremendous honor to be able to use the statewide reach of SuperTalk Mississippi to raise funds and awareness for Palmer Home,” said David Day, Program Director for SuperTalk Mississippi. “Their mission is clear, just and something every Mississippian should know about and support.”