Anonymous donors ask KGAF to distribute money to needy listeners every year. This year, they received the largest donations to date.
GAINESVILLE, Texas – For the fourth year in a row, KGAF radio station in Gainesville, near the Oklahoma border, is guaranteeing brighter Christmases for dozens of families thanks to donors who choose to continue their anonymous tradition.
“Are you ready? Take a deep breath,” station manager Steve Eberhart told fellow radio host Dee Blanton early Friday morning as they opened a briefcase full of cash and opened the phone lines to the listeners who had previously sent letters and emails to the station.
The heartfelt letters spoke of cancer, COVID and other medical issues. A caller spoke of their house on fire this year.
“I take 12 different medications,” said a caller.
“I’m fighting paycheck after paycheck, and I just can’t keep up,” said another.
This year, Eberhart and Blanton had a bigger response.
“How would $ 1,000 do it,” Eberhart told each caller.
“Thousand,” said an incredulous interlocutor. “Oh, my God, how are you [sic] help us, ”she exclaimed.
By the end of the morning, KGAF distributed $ 1,000 to 40 different people: $ 40,000 in cash, all provided by these anonymous donors.
“You are just wonderful, you just don’t realize how much you are doing a wonderful thing,” said another caller.
“I cried the whole show,” Gainesville resident Glenda Hatten said when she called the station. She is unable to work and her husband is being treated for a brain tumor.
“We will be married 58 next month,” she told WFAA when she arrived at the radio station an hour after her phone call. Eberhart counted the money in $ 100 bills and placed it in his hand.
“It means a lot, and I hope to pay it off one day. I really mean it,” Hatten said. “Because I have been blessed today.”
Patty Neu was also one of the blessed people. She was the one who called about the 12 drugs needed to keep her alive.
“Well don’t you think that’s great? What do you think,” she asked WFAA reporter Kevin Reece after receiving her money. “It’s just exceptional, isn’t it?” “
“Knowing that you are changing people’s lives, even for a short time, is an overwhelming thing,” Eberhart said, after handing out the money. “And, I will never get tired of it.”
The money comes from anonymous donors who ask the radio station each year to find the Cooke County residents who need it most.
This year, KGAF found 40 more, who, even on a cloudy day in North Texas, now have a brighter vacation in hand.