Open Hearts Come Through for Those in Need

December 16, 2018
Tom Bomil, left, chairman of the Salvation Army of Greater Lowell advisory board, works the microphones with Salvation Army Captains Nicole and Tim Ross at WCAP Saturday. Looking on are state Rep. Tom Golden, left, and former Sun editor Jim Campanini.

LOWELL -- Months of preparations, continued community support and the spirit of giving helped the annual Salvation Army Radiothon surpass its goal of raising $200,000 this year.

Radiothon host Warren Shaw made the announcement on WCAP Saturday morning in downtown Lowell with many special guests who helped make it a success.

Between the annual auction and other community events and donations, money raised helps the Salvation Army assist families with holiday gifts, meals, utility bills and more. Shaw said it’s a hard, but fun project to be a part of. A comedy show held at the Four Oaks Country Club brought in $34,000, about 20 percent more than what was raised last year, according to Shaw. The Lowell, Dracut and Tyngsboro firefighters did a boot drive, bringing in another $25,000. And the contributions don’t stop there.

“There’s just so many people who make so many significant contributions to this event,” Shaw said.

Tim and Nicole Ross are the new captains of the Salvation Army of Greater Lowell. The two moved from Quincy in June.

“It was energizing, wasn’t it? It was really energizing,” Nicole Ross said on WCAP Saturday morning. “I left here tired, but I left here filled with restoration, too, in humanity, in the thing that we doubt sometimes with all the craziness in the world. And you have weekends like that where people really do show up.”

Tom Bomil, chairman of the Salvation Army of Greater Lowell advisory board, said this year’s auction seemed to be the most fun one they’ve had in years.

“Everybody pitches in, everybody helps out,” Bomil said.

Recently retired editor of The Sun Jim Campanini, state Rep. Tom Golden, former state Sen. Steve Panagiotakos a, Susan Plunkett, member of the Salvation Army of Greater Lowell advisory board, and others were also present to hear the good news and thank those who helped make this year’s success a reality.

Shaw said it was the most fun and entertaining Radiothon to date. This was the second Radiothon without the late Fred Simon, who was known for his altruistic spirit.

“All our people are volunteers and the money when it goes to the Salvation Army here on Appleton Street, there’s no overhead taken out of that,” Shaw said. “It all goes to people in need and I think that’s why people, frankly, get behind what we do. We show them a good time, we have fun, but they can trust where the money goes.”

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