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Toyota dealers help local charities through Facebook

Toyota dealers help local charities through Facebook

Two local Toyota dealers are helping the community through separate charity drives that will give out a total of $25,500 to local charities. Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota and Parker Toyota are both asking the community to decide where the money should go with click of the mouse on Facebook.

 

The fact that both companies are Toyota dealers is coincidence as the Facebook campaigns are completely separate and unrelated. Larry H. Miller is hosting theirs as part Toyota Drive For Good program. Toyota will match whatever the local dealer puts up. Drive for Good selects gives a different charity $5,000 each quarter with half coming from Larry H. Miller and other half from Toyota.

 

Wear Red wraps up with $3,000 for military organizations

Wear Red wraps up with $3,000 for military organizations

Throughout the summer you wore red with us here at KXLY and alongside Global Credit Union to raise money for local military organizations. Wear Red wrapped up on September 11th , and Global Credit Union is excited to share that your efforts raised $3,820.

 

From Memorial Day to September 11th, Global, KXLY and Spokane joined together by wearing red every Friday in support of our local military community. Global also accepted donations and sold Wear Red t-shirts for the following military organizations:

 

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is national childhood cancer awareness month and a powerful reminder is the necklace that Maren, Emmett Snyders' mom, wears.

This necklace with every bead and bobble represents a medical test or procedure in Emmett's 9 month battle with cancer.

Emmett lost his battle but his parents continue to raise funds in his name to help other families dealing with the reality of kids with cancer.

The reality is that the devastation comes in waves when a diagnosis of cancer comes down in a child. The disbelief then the conversations of treatment and stress of meeting every ones needs. The family, the child and ones own needs.

The financial side is a stress maker as one of the parents has to cut back on work to get to appointments, home from school because of treatment and illness, this list just grows.

The Snyders' donate a portion of the funds to ACCOIN, American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest.

The goal is to help with expenses like gas , to and from treatment. Food cards for hospital stays and any other needs that aren't being met.

World's largest grill returns to Spokane Valley

World's largest grill returns to Spokane Valley

This weekend, crowds at Valleyfest can check out The Big Taste Grill - an enormous touring grill that cooks 750 brats in an hour.

On Saturday, September 21, the grill will be in action from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The following day, Sunday, September 22, you can check out The Big Taste grill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Valleyfest is held at Mirabeau Parkway in the Spokane Valley

Plane Pull for Special Olympics set for Saturday

Plane Pull for Special Olympics set for Saturday

A Plane Pull for Special Olympics is happening this weekend at Spokane International Airport.

On Saturday, September 21, teams of up to 20 will be competing against each other in "the ultimate battle of strength, stamina, and fun while pulling a 138,400 lbs. Boeing 727 aircraft 12 feet."

Everyone is invited to participate in the event with a pledge of $30.

Registration and check in will start at 10 a.m. and the first pull will be at 10:30 a.m.

EWU food drive brings in $15,000 for local food banks

EWU food drive brings in $15,000 for local food banks

From Eastern Washington University:

The 6th annual Eastern Washington University Community Food Drive generated more than $15,000 in cash donations for area food banks and outreach programs, bringing the six-year total raised to $72,083.06. During the same period, more than 16-and-a-quarter tons of food have been donated during the community service event.

 

Of the total cash donations, almost $8,200 will go to the Cheney Food Bank, ($5,120) Cheney Outreach ($2,000) and Feed Cheney ($1,000).

 

Director John Matthews said donations will go a long way toward stocking the shelves to help the some 400 families who rely on the Food Bank. “Five-thousand dollars will give us the ability to purchase about 10,000 pounds of food,” says Matthews. “It makes a big impact and the need is only growing.”

 

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

It takes patience, timing and good form to make a solid connection to a ball with a bat. Now, imagine doing all of that blind, guided only by a beep being emitted from the ball as it comes toward you. On Saturday, Spokane Pride Beep Baseball will play their fist home game guided only by the sounds around them.

 

“It can be challenging, but it's all worth it,” said Spokane Pride coach Troy Leeberg. This is the second season for the city's only beep baseball team, and it's the first season that there's been another team close enough for them to play against. On Saturday, the team will face off against a new team out of Seattle for a double header.

 

Beep baseball looks and plays differently than the traditional game. The sport is a cross of baseball and softball that's been adapted so that the visually impaired can take part in America's favorite past time. The ball is slightly larger than a softball and is equipped with a speaker that signals the players to it's location with a loud, continuous beep.