Area efforts to raise money for a good cause; St. Jude Radio Thon in near future

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Couch R-I School District recently held their annual breakfast to raise money for St. Jude.

Every year the community out does itself in raising money for a good cause, the annual Country Cares for Kids St. Jude Radio Thon, which is for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In 2018, the event raised more than $200,000. The goal for this year is $210,000. According to a previous press release, “E-Communications is the number one radio station per capita for money raised in a single day in the country for the kids at St. Jude.”

There are many fundraisers taking place throughout the region including students and staff at area schools working to contribute. Alton Elementary School is selling tickets for a side of beef. Tickets are $5 each or six for $25.

Tickets are also available to those in the surrounding areas including Couch, Thayer, Mammoth Spring, Salem and West Plains. They would be glad to provide tickets for anyone interested in purchasing tickets. The processing of the beef is covered and will be done at Cabool Country Meats. The meat was donated by Ozarks Regional Stockyards in West Plains. It will be ready to butcher around June 1 and the school delivers the beef to be processed.

The winner will need to call the processing company to inform of how they would like it to be processed and is responsible for picking it up.

The last day to purchase or get money to the school for a purchase is Monday, Feb. 11. If you would like to purchase a chance at winning the side of beef, contact Alton Elementary School at 417-778-7215.

In addition, if anyone locally would like to donate to the radio thon, but is unable to make it to the radio station, the donation may be dropped off at the school and it will be delivered to the radio station.

At Couch School, they have already held two events to raise money including their Santa Shop and their annual breakfast. The school has raised approximately $1,300 already, with this year’s breakfast raising more than it ever has this year since it began in 2011. The Couch FBLA Chapter and students donate items for the breakfast and arrive at 5:30 a.m. to cook for students, staff and the community. This year’s breakfast included eggs, sausage, biscuits, white gravy, chocolate gravy, juice and milk. The cost is by donation.

The school has begun collecting money and is a class competition for elementary through eighth grade. The winner will receive a pizza party. In high school, they will hold their sabotage game. This involves each high school class donating to a can. Coins donated count as positive points, which is point per penny, and dollars count as negative points. The dollars take away the points. For instance, one dollar would be one-hundred points off. If one class wants to sabotage another, they put dollars in their can. The goal for this year is $4,000.

Koshkonong School held their annual volleyball tournament and many of the students will work at the radio thon.

Thayer Elementary School is raising money by selling tickets for a portable building. Tickets are $5 a piece or five for $20. The deadline to buy tickets is Tuesday, Feb. 12 and the drawing will be Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Other fundraising efforts currently taking place include:

Alton Florist will donate $5 for every dozen roses sold between Jan. 18 through Feb. 13.

River Country will donate $1 for every service in the service department. This began Jan. 7.

Furniture Depot in Mountain Home, Ark. will donate part of every sale through the dates of Jan. 26 through Feb. 13. If you would like more information, call 870-580-0961.

Other upcoming area activities include:

A pie auction at the Bakersfield versus Alton game on Tuesday, Feb. 5 held by Andrew Eckman Shelter Insurance. In addition, there will be an online auction to raise money. Items may be bid on through the Andrew Eckman Facebook Shelter Insurance Facebook page located at and will end Friday, Feb. 8. For more information, call 417-257-4301.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Fred’s Fish House in Mammoth Spring will hold their St. Jude Day.

An auction will be held by Case Auction on Saturday, Feb. 9 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Christian Activity Center in Thayer. There will be a chili dinner, singing from The Howell Family, an auction and gun raffles. For more information, call Mike Case at 80-404-9023.

Members of Mammoth Spring Fire Department will “Fill the Boot” with donations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street in Mammoth Spring on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The KKountry Cares for Kids St. Jude Radio Thon will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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