Entire show on Wednesday devoted to raising funds for 24th annual Kidd’s Kids Trip to Walt Disney World
As it has for more than two decades, The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show (heard locally on KISS-FM) will dedicate an entire four-hour program to raising funds for the annual Kidd’s Kids trip to Walt Disney World.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the cast of the most-listened-to contemporary morning show in America will devote their airtime to educating listeners about The Kraddick Foundation and the Kidd’s Kids program, and asking for their financial support. The audience will hear directly from children and families that are attending this year’s 24th-annual trip and many others that have experienced previous trips.
Once again, viewers of KiddTV, the live video stream of the show, will be treated to frequent check-ins from Caroline Cradick, daughter of legendary radio personality Kidd Kraddick, and special appearances from partners and other guests.
“Kidd’s Kids Day is always one of my favorite days of the year, because it gives fans of the show a chance to hear from so many of the kids and families that have been blessed by our previous trips,” said Cradick, who now serves as executive director of her late father’s foundation. “So many of us work hard all year to honor and preserve my dad’s most important legacy, and I know he’d be really proud of how Kidd’s Kids has continued to flourish over the last few years.”
Thanks to the on-going generosity of listeners and corporate partners, the charity is taking a group of 50 Kidd’s Kids on this year’s “vacation of a lifetime.” During the five-day trip, scheduled for Nov. 19-23, the terminally/chronically ill and physically challenged children, and their families, will enjoy all the excitement that a Walt Disney World getaway can offer. For many families, this is a rare opportunity to escape hospitals and treatment centers and share laughter and fun in a magical environment. Kidd’s Kids covers all expenses related to the trip.
Listeners may support Kidd’s Kids Day in several ways. Donations can be made online through the Kidd’s Kids website, KiddsKids.com, or KiddsKids.com/Mobile (for smartphones), through the Southwest Airlines Kidd’s Kids Day Donation Hotline (888) 792-5439 / (888) SWA-KIDZ from 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST), or by texting “KIDD” to “52000” to donate $10. More than 75 Southwest Airlines employees will be manning the phone lines throughout the morning.
Listeners may also donate in person all day Wednesday at more than 100 participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurants nationwide. Raising Cane’s will also donate 15 percent of net proceeds from its sales on Oct. 21 at those participating restaurants to Kidd’s Kids.
“We have some wonderful stories to tell and even a few surprises for our Kidd’s Kids Day show, which is always a highlight of our year,” said Kellie Rasberry, co-host of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. “Every year, our wonderful listeners dig deep and give so incredibly generously – some out of their love for Kidd, others because of the wonderful children and families whose lived are forever touched – and it reminds us again what an extraordinary gift Kidd left for all of us.”
Children selected for the Kidd’s Kids Trip are between the ages of 5 and 12, suffer from a chronic or terminal illness, are physically challenged and/or have a catastrophic impairment due to an injury or accident. A panel of doctors and staff studies every application and has the unenviable task of choosing each year’s participants, making certain that the children won’t have their health affected by a five-day trip with other families and a park full of strangers. The children must reside in The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show listening area, be able to appreciate the trip and demonstrate a financial need.
This year’s Kidd’s Kids Day partners are Southwest Airlines, Raising Cane’s and Cantina Laredo/CRO.
The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show is syndicated by YEA Networks and heard on more than 65 Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations across the country, as well as the American Forces Radio Network worldwide, weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. CT. The cast of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show is also seen every weeknight on the nationally syndicated TV program “Dish Nation.” For more information visit KiddNation.com.
ABOUT THE KRADDICK FOUNDATION®
The Kraddick Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1991 by award-winning morning show personality Kidd Kraddick. The Foundation and its programs were created to make a difference in the lives of children with special medical needs. The Kraddick Foundation is certified by the state of Texas and registered with the appropriate department of each state in the country. The Foundation’s two main programs are Kidd’s Kids and the Glamour Squad. To learn more, visit KraddickFoundation.com.