November 2012

Editor’s Note: My Favorite Charity

Author: Maggie Washo

I have been listening to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning for as long as I can remember.
It’s a family-friendly syndicated morning show based out of Dallas, Texas with a cast of six different personalities (Kidd, Big Al, Kellie Raspberry, J-Si, Jenna & Shannon). It’s funny how you can listen to someone talk every morning for almost 20 years and feel that you actually know them. I laughed about Big Al’s relationship problems, was sad when Kidd got divorced from his wife of almost 20 years, and celebrated with Kellie when she finally got pregnant after years of trying and fertility drugs. Listening to their friendly banter in the morning has been as much a part of my daily routine as making coffee and hitting the snooze button.

Every November, Kidd Kraddick and his team take a group of terminally or chronically ill children and their families to Walt Disney World for five days. Today when I turned on the radio, it was Kidd’s Kids Day—one day set aside to raise all of the money needed to take this group of very special families on the trip of a lifetime.

Now I am not sure why this cause resonates with me more than most others. Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child who is not healthy and has spent most of his or her young life in the care of doctors. I know how magical it is for me to get away to WDW and act like a kid for a few days every year. I can only imagine how uplifting that same trip must be for someone who never gets to go away on vacation and for the family members who spend so much time caring for that person.

After listening to Kidd’s Kids day for years (and sobbing as I heard the stories), I decided that this was one cause I wanted to financially support. Now don’t misunderstand. I will buy the shamrock, the candy for our troops, the wrapping paper for the school and pretty much anything else someone puts under my nose. In my capacity as publisher of this magazine, I am fortunate enough to have the ability to raise money for our local Island Rec Center (via the Bachelorette of the Year contest) and to raise awareness of many local charities all year long in our Charity Corner column. But for me, Kidd’s Kids is extra special.

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