Not many TV stations can point to a community project they’ve sponsored for 39 years. And even though this year’s Food for Friends will be slightly different due to COVID-19, kudos to WDTN for keeping a needed tradition like this going for such a long time.
The one constant about local television is change. But for the past 37 years, the one constant that hasn’t changed at WDTN is a community campaign called Coats for Kids.
Perhaps a significant step toward real equality could begin with televised dialogues, conversations, interactions and discussions so racial inequality gets exposed to thousands of people in communities all over the U.S., and a path to equality begins to emerge.
“In less than a calendar year, we’ve had more than a dozen tornadoes in May, a mass shooting in August and a worldwide pandemic in March,” said Jason Doyle, the creative services director at WDTN, Nexstar’s NBC affiliate in Dayton, Ohio.
Since 1982, the Food for Friends campaign has collected and distributed over 13 million food items to families in need through The Foodbank of Dayton and other food pantries throughout the Miami Valley.
Since WDTN Daton, Ohio, developed the first Food for Friends campaign in 1982, more than 13 million food items have been collected and distributed to families in need. “Dayton is one of the hungriest cities in America and we know the need throughout the Miami Valley is greater than ever,” said Joe Abouzeid, WDTN’s general manager
“No person should go a day without a coat to keep them warm for the cold winter ahead,” said Joe Abouzeid, WDTN’s general manager. And to that end, the station in Dayton begins its 35th year of collecting coats to distribute to those less fortunate.