Clark Howard, in his 24th year, collected enough toys and gifts for 5,200 foster kids statewide for Christmas, the most ever.
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.
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