To Ames Ford Lincoln, Cross Wealth Management, North Grand Mall, Premiere Credit Union, Heartland Senior Services, WCI Pools and Spas and Wild Birds Unlmited, let me join Mel and everyone else here at NewsTalk 1430 KASI to say thanks to the great sponsors for letting us hang out and do our shows during the Penny Pickup.

Thanks to the Ames Police Department and the Benevolent Associaiton for letting us hitch our star to their wagons.  Double thanks to the men and women and blue for making Christmas better for kids for the last 20 years.

Most importantly, thanks to you for your generous contributions.  It may go without saying, but let me say it anyway...we couldn't have done it without all of you.  I think, at times, we take the generosity of people in Ames for granted.  It's after someting like the Penny Pickup where I am reminded how much you all care for each other and really have each others' backs.

From the bottom of our hearts...thank you.