Jim Edwards (KA9DIF) called upon local amateur radio operators to assist with the gift giving event at Ryves Hall Youth Center on December 23rd. John Van Sandt, N9YRX took point on recruiting operators on the Clark County ARES net (146.520) on Wednesday night, the Vigo County ARES net (146.685 -/151.4 Hz) Sunday morning and then on the WVARA net (146.685 -/151.4 Hz) during Sunday night.
Besides John and Jim, also in attendance were Nick Vinardi (N9WG), Jerry Boling (W9TWR) and Dave Hudgens (WT9I). Two operators stayed upstairs and coordinated with two other operators downstairs at the toy tables. We were able to keep a steady flow of children without too much congestion.
It was a great thing to be a part of and was a great way for two different ARES groups to volunteer our time and ham radio abilities to help children who may not get too much under the tree this Christmas.
You can see some pictures of the event at the Vigo County ARES Photobucket Site.
If you would like to watch the News 10 coverage for this event you can go to their link Ryves Hall Christmas
Thanks Jim for allowing us to help you once again.