As the largest local television and media company in the country, Nexstar  Media Group, Inc. recognizes the great responsibility we have to serve our local markets. Hoping to inspire continued volunteerism, we are mindful that such a movement starts at home and will only reverberate from our small acts of kindness in each our local communities.

Since Nexstar Media Group Inc.’s founding in 1996, our journalists have seen firsthand how nonprofits and public service agencies are the heartbeat of every one of our markets. In times of crisis, it is these steadfast organizations that mobilize quickly with supplies, volunteers and bravely serve their community. With this in mind, Nexstar’s CEO, Perry Sook, created the Founder’s Day of Caring.

On the third Friday in June, staff members in all 116 Nexstar television markets receive paid time off to volunteer in their communities. The day is intended to shift our employee focus from being a television station serving the community to our employees volunteering and making a personal commitment by helping those in need within our local communities. Our mission is to give back where it is needed most. By broadcasting stories of local impact and volunteerism on Founder’s Day in each of our Nexstar markets, we are able to inspire our viewers to give back as well.

This year, WMBD, WYZZ, and CIProud are partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Peoria and the Humane Societies of both Bloomington and Peoria. The Wish List for Donations is as follows:

Boys & Girls Club Peoria

  • Video Camera (2)
  • Chart Paper
  • Large Radio with Speakers
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Plastic pipettes
  • Empty Egg Cartons
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Horse shoe game (2)
  • Cotton candy machine (2)
  • Baseball Equipment, (Gloves, bats, bases, jerseys)
  • Soccer Equipment (Nets, balls, cones, jerseys)
  • Basketball Equipment (balls, jerseys, cones)
  • Dust Mop
  • Computers and or iPad
  • Sewing Kits (Sewing machines, materials)
  • Crotchet materials (needles, yarn)
  • Foosball tables (2)
  • Air hockey table
  • Trays
  • Strainers
  • Tongs
  • Thermal Gloves (6)
  • Styrofoam cooler
  • Stop watch
  • Gaming systems (XBOX, PlayStation, Wii U, )
  • Sofas
  • 4 TVS
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Grade Level math books K-12
  • Grade Level Comprehension books k-12

Boys & Girls Club Bloomington-Normal

  • Summer Essentials: 
    • Bottled Water
    • Sunscreen
    • Individual Packaged Snacks (nut free)
    • No-Tie Water Balloons
  • Cleaning Items:
    • Latex Gloves (Small and Large)
    • 55 Gallon Trash Bags, Tall Kitchen Trash Bags
    • Band-Aids
    • Toilet Paper,
    • Ziplock Bags – Sandwich, Quart and Gallon Sized

The Humane Society in both locations need:

  • Puppy Pads
  • Kitty Litter
  • Kong Toys
  • Blankets
  • Treats for both cats and dogs
  • Dog Food (not generic please)
  • Puppy Food (not generic please)
  • Cat Food (not generic please)
  • Kitten Food (not generic please)

We’re accepting donations at WMBD/WYZZ in Peoria Friday June 18th from 7am-6:30pm and Saturday June 19th from 8am-12pm, and in Bloomington from 8am-2pm on Friday June 18th. Thank you for all your generous donations!

Peoria Location
3131 N. University
Peoria, IL 61604

Bloomington location
2714 E. Lincoln St
Bloomington, IL 61704

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