Clark Howard gets toys to 5,200 foster children for Christmas

The year he joined WSB radio, Howard began this quest in 1991 to help kids who are often forgotten, ones who don't know their moms and dads, who lack the traditions that many hold dear.

The syndicated talk show host consumer advocate -  heard in Atlanta on 95.5 FM and AM 750 news/talk WSB from 8 to 10 p.m. weeknights - said the process has become more streamlined over time, his National Guard buddies always a huge help. Every year, he stops by several retail stores as collection points for toys with support from DFCS and WSB.

Howard said he was taken aback by the number of kids in need this year but his listeners stepped up. "The turnout was huge the last two days," he texted me after Christmas. "I was on Cloud Nine!"

I stopped by the Dec. 14 event at the Marietta Wal-Mart and snapped a few photos, including former WSB syndicated host Neal Boortz and Channel 2 Action News anchor Justin Farmer.

Channel 2 Action News anchor Justin Farmer swung by the Wal-Mart Marietta store earlier this month to help out Clark Howard's Christmas Kids campaign. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
Chris Kapley of Marietta has been helping out Clark's Christmas Kids collection drive for the past six years. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
Clark Howard has been collecting toys for foster children in Georgia for 24 years. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
WSB reporter Steve Winslow and his son Jason purchase a bike for a foster child in need. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
Clark Howard provided laminated lists of gifts each child wanted and donors would pick them out to go shopping. They were not obligated to shop in Wal-Mart. Some left and came back with their contributions. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
Many of the volunteers were members of the National Guard, of which Clark Howard is part of. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
Neal Boortz, who now lives in Florida full time, came into town to help out with the toy drive. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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