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DJ’s do their schitck for hunger

MONTGOMERY NEWSPAPERS, December 3, 2008

For the sixth year in a row, 93.3 WMMR’s Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison have been camping out this week in the parking lot of The Metroplex Shopping Center in Plymouth Meeting for the radio station’s annual Camp Out for Hunger.

The radio duo began living in a donated RV in the parking lot located at Chemical and Gallagher roads Monday to collect food for the hungry in the Delaware Valley. They are broadcasting their famed morning show every morning this week from 6 to 10 a.m. from the Metroplex to encourage listeners to donate canned goods and other nonperishable food items.

All donations will benefit Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, and will be distributed to more than 600 agencies that operate food cupboards assisting low-income families. Donations are being accepted Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event will wrap up on Friday after the morning broadcast.

Camp Out for Hunger is the largest food drive in Philabundance’s history, but it isn’t just a food drive. Mega touch games have been on site throughout the week for entertainment, and several special guests have been stopping by to support the cause. Individuals, businesses and police and fire departments have the opportunity to win prizes all week.

The business that makes the largest donation by weight wins a live broadcast from “The Preston and Steve Show” at the time and place of its choosing, while the police or fire department that makes the largest donation by weight wins a beef and beer hosted by Preston and Steve. Individuals who make a donation are eligible to win a trip for two to Florida.

For organizations and individuals who would like to make a donation but are pressed for time, prepackaged groceries are available from the Giant supermarket at the Metroplex. For every pre-packaged grocery bag donated, The Goldenberg Group, the mall’s developer, will donate $1 up to a maximum of $6,000. Last year, The Goldenberg Group donated $5,000 to the cause.

For more information about Camp Out for Hunger 2008, go to www.wmmr.com.