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Local Owensboro Beauty Queen Establishes Non-Profit Group to Benefit Connecticut School Shooting Victims

A beauty queen with ties to Owensboro has been busy this holiday season proving that giving is so much more important than receiving.  Korin Cross, an OHS graduate, U of L freshman and the reigning Miss Kentucky Teen Cover Girl Queen, has established a non-profit organization to benefit the victims of the recent school shooting in Connecticut.  This morning, she braved the snow to visit The WBKR Waking Crew and share her inspiration for "Something to Remember" and her vision of what she wants the charity to accomplish.  Take a listen!

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Prayers For Lane Goodwin Facebook Page
Prayers For Lane Goodwin Facebook Page
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Toys Donated In Memory Of Lane Goodwin [PHOTOS]

I think it's safe to say that people all over the country were extremely touched by the life of Lane Goodwin. We all watched he and his family fight the monster of childhood cancer. We celebrated during the good days and our hearts were broken when he passed away in October.

In lieu of flowers or a balloon release, the family requested sentiments be in the form of gift cards to certain stores. They planned to purchase toys for the children being treated at the Vanderbilt Children's Oncology Clinic. A few weeks ago... that's just what they did!

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EVES 5th Graders Give To Christmas Wish [VIDEO]

Mrs. Davis' 5th grade class at East View Elementary decided to do things a little differently this year. Instead of giving presents to each other, they wanted to donate them to the children at Christmas Wish. What a great group of 10 and 11 year olds! Office Manager Roxianne's daughter Cydney is in the class, so we decided to take the WBKR truck, the BKR bear and us to the school and have them present their presents!

These kids are amazing and they brought in over 35 toys! They even wrapped the gifts themselves, check it out!

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Owensboro Hope for the Holidays
Owensboro Hope for the Holidays
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American Red Cross Hosting “Hope For The Holidays”

American Red Cross of Western Kentucky will be holding an event this Friday, December 14th (9:00am - 6:00pm) at Towne Square Mall. The event is to promote volunteering, preparedness and to give people an opportunity to donate as well.

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Christmas Wish Update

I can't believe I'm saying this so early in the month, but we are right at 1,000 letters! Wow! There is SO much need right now in the Tri-State and we are relying on YOU to help us make sure that every child in our area has something under the tree Christmas morning. You always come thru for us every year and I have no doubts that you will help us out now!

Here's an example of another letter we have received...

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Christmas Wish Update

It's day 8 of our Christmas Wish office being open. Our official letter count is right at 800!! Wow! As always, we need YOU to help us make sure every child in the Tri-State has something under the tree Christmas morning!

Today's letter of the day is letter #435.  

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Be a Santa to a Senior

Here at WBKR, we have spent 36 years making sure children in the tri-state get a visit from Santa for Christmas.  Home Instead Senior Care knows that seniors could use a little Santa too and are again leading a community -wide effort that encourages folks, just like you, to Be a Santa to a Senior!  Late last week, Stephen Bryson, with Home Instead, stopped by The WBKR Waking Crew and explained how the program it works and how easy it is to spread some holiday cheer.  LISTEN!

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Daily Christmas Wish Update

Today was my first day of broadcasting my Midday Show from our Christmas Wish office. I love being in here because I get a firsthand look on just how great our community is! Last year over 1000 families were helped

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Our Christmas Wish tree at Gaylord Opryland
Our Christmas Wish tree at Gaylord Opryland
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Christmas Wish Tree on Display at Gaylord’s Hall of Trees

Gaylord Opryland Resort continues its tradition that is the Hall of Trees.  Each year, the hotel invites non-profit agencies to decorate Christmas trees that are put up for auction during the hotel's "A Country Christmas" celebration.  The charities actually get to keep the money their trees generate.  So, for the second year in a row, we have a Christmas Wish tree on display in Nashville.  Check this out!

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flickr.com photo by brizzle born and bred
flickr.com photo by brizzle born and bred
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Annual Toys For Tots Toy Drive TONIGHT!

The 2012 Thunder Roads Kentucky and Owensboro Biker News Holiday Bash is tonight! Formerly called The Bikers Ball, over the three previous Christmas seasons, this event has been one of, if not the largest contributor to the Western Kentucky Toys for Tots fundraising campaign. This event has assisted the Toys for Tots campaign, along with many other local businesses in helping take care of thousands of children each year in the 11 local counties serviced by the GySgt. W.J. Norris Detachment #804 Marine Corps League.

Tonight you can look forward to TONS of food, auction items and great LIVE entertainment!

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www.holidaycheer.stjude.org
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Personalize A Christmas Ornament For The Kids At St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is all about taking care of the children who are fighting for their lives. They do their best to make sure the kids are having fun and enjoying their regular lives as much as possible. And, this Christmas, you can help out too!

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Christmas Wish Always Reminds Me To Be Thankful

Every year I broadcast live from our Christmas Wish office and this year is no different. The office opened on Monday in Towne Square Mall, but I won't be over there until this coming Monday.

Yesterday, Chad called and asked me to go over to the office when I got off the air and help investigate letters. Of course I said "Sure!", but was thinking "Ugh, I'd rather not." Yep, you know what's coming next.... It doesn't take too many phone calls to realize just how lucky and blessed we all are.

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