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Radiothon to End Child Abuse is Dec. 4-5

The 4th Annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse will be held on Dec. 4 and 5 on radio stations KWAD, KNSP and Superstation K-106.

The radiothon will begin at noon on Dec. 4 and continue through noon on Dec. 5.

Five counties in central Minnesota have joined forces with the radio stations to raise money to help end child abuse. Cass, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena counties, along with Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, will answer pledge lines during the event.

People will have the opportunity to call in and make donations and place bids on auction items. Charter Communications is providing the auction and pledge lines for this event.

In the past three years, close to $80,000 has been raised to help children close to home and in the state of Minnesota. The public is invited to stop by Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Wadena from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 to watch the live broadcast.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Department will be on hand again this year taking children's DNA samples from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at MSCTC; Mike Heikes will be fitting youngsters with free bike helmets. Musical entertainment will also be provided.

The stations will be airing messages from child abuse experts on ways to prevent and recognize child abuse and where abusers can find help.

Tune in to the following stations and make a pledge: 920 and 1430 AM and 105.9 FM.

This is the 4th year of the Otter Tail County Child Protection Teams participating in the radiothon.

All the monies raised through the radiothon for Otter Tail County will be used for the transportation needs of families on the east side of Otter Tail County and for supporting the Parenting Time Center in Perham. Other possible beneficiaries include the local SELF and Kinship programs.

The following is a list of radiothon auction items. All monies raised from these auction items will go directly to the East Side Child Protection Teams.

---Knee board from Hoots Sports

---Golf for four with cart from Lakeside in Perham

---One night's stay from Crossings Inn and Suites in Perham

---Four brunch certificates from Mulligan's in Perham

---One night's stay from Whistle Stop Bed and Breakfast in NYM

---$50 gift certificate for Gathering Grounds in Perham

---Two sets Kivi jewelry

---Tupperware bowl set

---Pitcher and glass set

---Two personalized baby gift sets

---Iittala glass bird and concert tickets from NYM Cultural Center

---Eat Your Way through Mills Package (certificates for all the eating establishments in NYM)

---Fitness package and t-shirt from NYM fitness center

---Mini race car from Henning Auto Store

All auction items and bidding times for the entire radiothon are on the station's website at:

Pledge numbers are: 1-866-215-8219 or locally, 430-0430.

The numbers to bid on auction items are: 1-866-215-8348 or locally, 430-0086. If lines are busy, please keep trying.