KVOO'S Gary Greenwood Pays It Forward And Raises Money For Local Family In Need
November 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM (PT)
JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP Country KVOO/TULSA and its listeners recently came to the aid of a neighbor in need. On MONDAY (11/10), they raised over $40,000 in the CHAIN OF LOVE to build a new home for TULSA resident RANDY BOOKER and his family, who lost their uninsured trailer last week (10/5) during a rare autumn tornado.
Morning show hosts GARY GREENWOOD and SUNNY LEIGH pledged to stay on air until the $20,000 goal was reached and that took just 14 hours. By day's end the amount had doubled. With the extra money, the BOOKER family will receive one year of insurance, one year of lot rent, a dependable vehicle and new clothes. In addition, several companies offered RANDY a full time job.
The CHAIN OF LOVE got its start when GREENWOOD, who is new to the station and the area, mentioned that he was living in an apartment while he waited for his family to relocate to TULSA. A listener dropped off a small TV set and a hand-knitted quilt for GREENWOOD to take home. Inspired by the gesture, GREENWOOD offered $100 to any listener who was facing tough financial times. The phones lit up, not with people wanting the money, but people offering more. Through the calls, the BOOKER family's situation came to light and a fund was established at a local bank.