In Need: Radio host still in need of toy donations

Published on Sunday, 15 December 2013 00:58 - Written by From Staff Reports

Radio personality Jammin’ Jimmy Olson has been living in a box at the Broadway Square Mall for six days and is nowhere near collecting his goal of a ton of toys and 102 bicycles for needy families of East Texas.

As of Saturday afternoon, Olson was roughly 1,100 pounds short of the 2,000-pound goal and down 23 bicycles.

The annual toy drive is hosted by the radio station 95.3 and 102.3 the Breeze, a Waller Broadcasting company, and all toys brought in go directly to the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots for families who would not otherwise have presents under their trees.

The radio station also hosted a concert in the mall parking lot featuring multiplatinum recording artist Kevin Rudolph.

Admission was an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl, but the toy pile is still lacking.

Olson hopes to begin weighing the toys on Monday, but refuses to leave the mall parking lot until the goal is reached. The longest he has been in the elements was 12 days, but the good people of East Texas have always come through.

He is battling a case of bronchitis but is determined.

“The only way I’m going to leave this box without reaching my goal is by ambulance because I’m incoherent or by hearse because I’m dead.”

Olson will be in Broadway Avenue-side of the mall parking lot, near On The Border, collecting toys. Donations can be dropped off anytime.