(La Porte, IN) - The Roof Sit that almost didn’t happen became, in a way, the most successful ever.
96.7 The Eagle’s 18th annual charity Roof Sit was almost cancelled for lack of manpower. Due to COVID-19, the usual three-day fundraiser was pared down to just Friday.
Organizer and radio host Dennis Siddall spent fourteen hours on the roof of the radio station imploring listeners to donate towards the Deserving Children's Shopping Tour. The charity ensures that La Porte County Children are provided for at Christmas.
Despite the limitations, community spirit persevered. "It was a successful day." Siddall said. "Right now we sit at a little over $36,000 that we raised in one day." In recent years, Fridays have been the biggest day of the event, averaging about $17,000 in donations. This year, they more than doubled it. With money still rolling in, Siddall said they may actually come close to their normal three-day total of $40,000.
Siddall credits a generous local La Porte community. "It's a caring community," Siddall said. "The way the world is today, with so much hatred, and so much blame this and blame that, every year this community comes together as one, because we do it for the kids, and I can't say thank you enough to them."