The past week calls for a lot of “thanks” to the community.
Last Saturday, WCTV held its annual Donations from the Heart food drive at Market Basket to benefit the Wilmington Food Pantry. The weather was not exactly cooperating. Persistent snow made for poor driving conditions and after our first hour, our donation bin looked about as dismal as the sky.
As soon as the snow stopped, it was time to shop. Market Basket filled up and so did our carriages. All told, we’re guessing we filled about 10 carriages over the course of 4 hours, and we also collected more than a hundred dollars in cash donations. Thanks to all those who donated and a BIG thank you to our youth members who volunteered their time to hand out fliers and collect food. It’s not an easy job and they all did great!
Secondly, I want to thank everyone who spoke out in favor of WCTV at this past Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting. As I noted in this space two weeks ago, the town is going into license renewal talks with Comcast for the first time in 10 years. And since WCTV funding depends on cable license agreements, we watch these discussions very closely.
There are no signs that funding is in jeopardy, but we don’t want to take anything for granted, which is why we asked people to send in letters of support for WCTV and to come out and speak. The message was received loud and clear: community media is an important part of Wilmington.
I look forward to bringing you all good news in the months to come as the license negotiations move forward. To learn more about the process, check out the Selectmen meeting below. We are first on the agenda.