BURRILLVILLE – The Bucky Toys for Tots live radio broadcast car show will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sandy Motors Auto Dealership located on Sandy Bottom Road in Coventry.
This annual charity event is very special to those of us this holiday season who knew, “Crazy Chris,” Diapola. He owned and operated multiple radio stations in the area. Chris recently passed away and we are still trying to keep his legacy alive by hosting this live radio broadcast on Kent County Classic Rock Radio Station, I-105.5 FM, a charity toy drive and car show that we have done every year over the past five years. It won’t be the same without him at the microphone alongside me and Johnny Mac, but we still have to move on and keep up with our charitable community efforts and events. The character voice of Buckleupallofus is gone, but will never be forgotten.
If you own a hot rod, classic car or truck, muscle car or antique show vehicle, you are more than welcome to join us for this soon-to-be-winter-season charity car show. It might be cold, but it’s always a lot of fun. We have plenty of hot coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and muffins early, followed by plenty of pizza around lunchtime. Diehard car and truck owners show up with unwrapped new toys-in-hand, and a few even pre-collect these toys and arrive with a full trunk-load for kids in need across the state of Rhode Island on Christmas morning.
We will also be broadcasting a live radio show and podcast during the event, and invite our listeners to stop down with unwrapped new toys to help fill our Toys for Tots boxes. We deliver a truck filled to the sky with these toys to the local Marines for statewide distribution to families in need before Christmas Day every year.
This week’s Sunday feature is a Bucky and Santa Toys for Tots child passenger safety coloring cartoon, for kids to color in while reminding families that are better off than others to support Toys for Tots and drop off new, unwrapped toys at box locations across the state of Rhode Island between now and the week before Christmas. There are many caring organizations, police and fire departments, community centers and events similar to ours, that help the US. Marines Toys-For-Tots Charity Drive this holiday season.
This charity car show is weather permitting. The live radio broadcast and podcast Toys for Tots charity drive takes place regardless of the weather conditions. Tune in to the radio station for event updates just to be on the safe side. Thank you for caring!
Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.