Akron Children's seeks Change Bandits for 14th annual "Have a Heart, Do Your Part" radiothon

Annual radiothon to be held Feb. 7 9 on 98.1 WKDD

Wanted: Change Bandits for Akron radiothon


Akron Children’s Hospital is seeking Change Bandits to support the 14th annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon presented by 98.1 WKDD. This year’s radiothon will air Feb. 7-9.

The Change Bandits campaign is a popular, grassroots fundraising effort designed to turn spare change into miracles for children treated at Akron Children's Hospital. During the month of January and the first week of February, volunteers collect money from family, friends and co-workers, which is donated to the hospital during the radiothon.

Serving as a Change Bandit gives everyone, from elementary students to those in corporate offices, the opportunity to raise money for Akron Children’s. One hundred percent of the money raised by Change Bandits, as well as the money raised during radiothon, benefits the patients treated at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Since it began in 2000, the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon has raised nearly $7.3 million to benefit medical research, education and patient care programs at Akron Children’s Hospital.

“Change Bandits can collect money in a variety of ways. In addition to collecting change and cash donations, we also offer online giving,” said Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network program manager at Akron Children’s Hospital. “More than 700 Change Bandits donated more than $200,000 of the $789,000 raised during the 2012 radiothon.”

Prizes will be awarded to the top Change Bandits in five categories: individuals, schools/organizations, small companies (less than 100 employees), large companies (more than 100 employees) and hospital department. Change Bandits are given a fundraising goal of $100 for individuals and $250 for groups. The change collected by Change Bandits jump-starts the tote board when WKDD personalities Keith Kennedy and Shannon Steele go live on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Anyone interested in becoming a Change Bandit can register online at or fax their name, address and phone number to the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation at 330-543-4335. Change Bandit fundraising kits will be mailed to participants. Change Bandits are sponsored in part by Charles Schwab and Dairy Queen.

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Interested in becoming a Change Bandit? To sign up, you can:

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  • Fax your name and contact information to 330-543-4335
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