Every year, 94.9 KYSS FM teams up with the Missoula community to present KYSSMAS for Kids, a on-air auction to raise money for local kids in need–giving presents to those children who would otherwise go without.
Very generous, caring local residents and businesses donate items that we auction off live on the air with 100% of proceeds going to the kids’ shopping trip. This is a 13-hour live call-in event featuring prizes from hotel packages to car detailing to collectible memorabilia. Each hour we feature donors on the air discussing why KYSSMAS is important to them!
Participating children receive a $50 gift card, which they will spend at a private shopping event near Christmas Day. It is humbling to see school-aged children choosing to spend their gift cards on necessities such as bed sheets, cookware, and clothing rather than toys. These kids are always so grateful! Each child and their family will additionally receive tickets to Townsquare Media Missoula’s annual Kidabaloo event on December 16, 2017.
Over the past 20 years the auction has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and has allowed as many as 600 kids per year to participate. Local groups that we help include the Office of Public Assistance, St. Pat’s Mental Health Center, YWCA, Sanders County Coalition, LIGHT (Low Income Group for Human Treatment), AWARE, CDC, Seeley Lake School, and many low income individuals who are not associated with a local non-profit. When funds allow, we include Big Sky High School, Hellgate High School, and Sentinel High School.
It’s never to early to start thinking about KYSSMAS. For more information on how to donate to this year’s drive, contact email@example.com or call (406) 728-9300.