Help Fill Truck No. 20 as the WRAT Radio Station Continues to Help New Jersey’s Needy

Posted on November 15, 2016 By

Beasley Media Group radio station WRAT (95.9), Lake Como, is holding its 18th annual Thanksgiving season charity drive Broadcast for the People of New Jersey on November 21 and 22 to help local New Jersey people. Staffers of the WRAT are hoping to fill a 55-foot tractor-trailer with items that will be donated to three charities.

The WRAT’s live Broadcast for the People will take place at ShopRite, Route 66, Neptune, November 21 from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, and again November 22 from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Doug Sjonvall, promotions director for WRAT, says, “This is the 20th truck the WRAT will fill in its 18th year conducting the program. Two additional trucks were filled with donations in 2012 after Sandy.”

Non-perishable food items (no glass) and frozen turkeys will be donated to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties; new or gently used clothing will be donated to Family Resource Associates to supply their thrift stores; and stocking stuffers, such as warm socks, washcloths, deodorant, playing cards, and crayons will be donated to Holiday Express. Monetary donations are always welcome.

Last year the WRAT collected 9,000 pounds of clothes, more than 14,000 pounds of food, and over 200 frozen turkeys. Monetary donations and gift cards totaled $1700.

Satellite locations are available for those who cannot make it to ShopRite in Neptune. Non-perishable donations will be accepted Ashley Home stores on Route 35, Eatontown, and at the Freehold Raceway Mall prior to November 21, or at Brave New World, 1272 Hooper Ave, Toms River, where a WRAT promo team and on-air personality Gotts will be available November 21 and 22 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 23, the tractor-trailer will be unloaded at the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, starting at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers from the Foodbank, cadets from McGuire Air Force Base, the local Pepsi distributor, and Shore Point Distributing will be helping the unload the donations.

Broadcast for the People is sponsored by Pepsi, Ashley Home Store, ShopRite of Neptune, Brave New World, and Coors Light/Shore Point Distributing.

For further information, contact Doug Sjonvall, marketing director, at 732-681-3800 x 306 or visit

About the Beasley Media Group, Inc.: Beasley Media Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI), which was founded in 1961 by George G. Beasley who remains the company’s chairman of the board. Beasley Broadcast Group owns and operates 69 stations (50 FM and 19 AM) in 16 large- and mid-size markets in the U.S. In the New Jersey market, Beasley Media Group owns four FMs and two AMs, including WDHA 105.5 (FM), WMGQ 98.3 (FM), WRAT 95.9 (FM), WJRZ 100.1 (FM), WMTR 1250 (AM) and WCTC 1450 (AM). For more information, please visit

 About the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties: The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties distributes more than 12 million meals annually through a network of over 300 feeding programs. The Foodbank works toward long-term solutions to the chronic problem of food insecurity, with initiatives to support a community where all people at all times have access to enough food to maintain an active and healthy life. Through programs and services like the Culinary Arts Training Program, Nutrition Education, and outreach assistance for SNAP (food stamps), VITA free tax assistance, and affordable healthcare, the Foodbank is working to build food-secure communities. The Foodbank has received the highest rating of 4 Stars from Charity Navigator for seven consecutive years. A total of 95 cents out of every dollar raised supports food and programs. Visit them at

About Family Resource Associates: Family Resource Associates (FRA) is a New Jersey nonprofit agency located in Shrewsbury, helping children, adolescents and people of all ages with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. FRA connects individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology. Acknowledging the powerful influence of the family, we remain committed to them by offering both support and education.

About Holiday Express: The Holiday Express mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year.