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Tucson radio station launches effort to feed health care workers, first responders
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Tucson radio station launches effort to feed health care workers, first responders

From the April's Tucson-area coronavirus coverage: 1,200+ Pima County cases, stay-home order extended series

From left, Bobby Rich, Fletcher McCusker and Jim Arnold, who own radio station KDRI The Drive, have launched a GoFundMe campaign to support local restaurants while feeding health-care workers and first responders.

Tucson independent radio station The Drive has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help feed health-care workers and first responders while also supporting local restaurants during the coronavirus crisis.

In its first 10 days, “Drive Thru for Tucson’s Frontline” has raised more than $7,000 of its $45,000 goal. All of the donations will be used to buy food from Tucson restaurants that will be delivered to hospital workers or first responders.

The campaign is being organized by Hill Bailey, cohost of The Drive’s “Bobby & Bailey Show.” In a written release, Bailey said they will authorize the restaurants to feed up to 100 people per delivery. The goal is two-pronged — feed those who “have put aside their worries for their own families and health to show up for us every day” and support local restaurants and the economy.

On Friday, April 3, 100 meals purchased from Nana’s Kitchen in Marana were delivered to Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, courtesy of the campaign, according to the GoFundMe page.

“It’s our duty to help each other in times of need. It’s the human thing to do,” Bailey said.

Tucson restaurants have been limited to takeout and drive-thru service only after city and state officials last month ordered all dining rooms closed along with bars. On Wednesday, April 8, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero authorized restaurants to operate as pop-up grocery stores as well, with the ability to sell packaged food, fresh produce, paper goods and cleaning supplies to customers without changes to current certificates of occupancy or business licenses.

To donate to “Drive Thru for Tucson’s Frontline” visit the GoFundMe at tinyurl.com/s8jkrk4.

KDRI The Drive, owned by Tucson business titan Fletcher McCusker and longtime Tucson radio personalities Bobby Rich and Jim Arnold, went live in August on 101.7 FM and AM-830 from Broadway and Scott downtown. The station also is streamed at Thedrivetucson.com

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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