#GivingTuesday 2014

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What’s it all about? After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is the day to give back to our community! Taking time to support things you love… like Pulse 99.5FM! We’re listener-supported, and your gift makes such a difference in accomplishing the mission of Pulse 99.5FM as we move toward another year together. And, your donation is tax-deductible! Click here to give now!

What does your donation do? It helps fund new equipment needed at our broadcast tower, keeping us updated and allowing us to fine-tune our antenna and give you even better sound. Our need is $15,000. Your gift of $20, $200, or $2000 make such a difference – we can’t do it without you!

And in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, don’t forget to post your #UNselfie to social media, letting people know you’ve supported Pulse 99.5FM!

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    Hope Ministries Awareness Week

    I’ll be chatting with Kathy Coady, Executive Director of Hope Ministries, each morning this week as we highlight National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Each day has a different focus, and Hope Ministries is holding multiple open houses so you can check out their services and find ways to help out. Visit their website here to find out more!

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      Eye’m All Mixed Up.. IS AWESOME!

      For those of you who don’t know, TobyMac released his latest remix album last week and It’s awesome! Eye’m All Mixed Up is the remix of his latest album Eye On It, featuring some of our Pulse Favorites: Speak Life, Me Without You and Steal My Show. Some other mentionable tracks on the album are Unstoppable (Featuring Blanca from Group 1 Crew) and Mac Daddy featuring Toby’s son Truett.

      The album is sure to raise your Pulse with lots of DubStep, Beat-dropping awesomeness. It’s great for those of you dancers out there OR people who need upbeat, high paced music to workout/run to!

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        A Different Kind of Turkey

        images-9When you hear the word “turkey” this time of year, chances are you’re thinking about your favorite Thanksgiving meal. But today, I want to talk about a different kind of turkey!

        We hear from listeners all the time who are tuning in and benefiting from the music and message on Pulse 99.5FM. And every once in a while, I get a message that just tickles me pink! We recently heard from a listener who is streaming Pulse 99.5FM daily with his son… all the way over in TURKEY! Here’s what he has to say:

        Thank you so much for your radio program. We have been living in Turkey for the last 12 years. I am an English high school teacher here. We live in a country that is over 70 million Muslims with fewer than 4,000 believers. Last year my car was broken into and my radio was stolen. My youngest son and I love listening to music on the way to and from school. We discovered your station via the internet and love being spiritually uplifted before and after school. Most likely I will be the only Christian my students will ever meet and I can go into the classroom with songs of praises on my mind because of your radio station. Thanks for making our lives more enriched and more effective for Him! When our own cup is filled, it is easier to fill the cups of others. God Bless!!!”

        I hope you’re as encouraged as I am by this listener’s story. When you give to the mission of Pulse 99.5FM, you’re making a life-changing difference for so many! Thank you for your support – we couldn’t do it without you!

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          CityStops – We’re Moving Inside!

          Despite the cooling weather, we still had some really awesome CityStops this weekend, and the best part about them (for me) was they were inside!

          Our first stop was on Saturday morning at Valley Community Center. We made a stop out there to watch as 40 high school kids volunteered to sort through all of your Winter Warmth Drive donations. It was a blessing to see a whole gym filled with coats, snow pants, boots, hats gloves and so much more. The Pulse 99.5FM community helped make this possible! It was even cooler to see high school kids sort through all of the donations to make sure each of them got to a student in need. While the kids took a short break, we were able to share a little bit with them about our station and the power of positive music in their lives – and we gave them some free stuff for helping out!

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          The next stop was on Sunday night, as I ventured out to Winterset Community Church to hang out with their youth group! Stopping out to Winterset was pretty awesome since it’s where our tower is located — thankfully all of the kids know our station and listen! It was great getting to share about our mission to the group and see their excitement about the station.

          If you have a group of kids in the area or a youth group that you would like us to stop out and chat with, we would love to! Request your FREE CityStop today. 

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            WWD2014 – A Huge Success!

            Pulse 99.5FM listeners came together this week for the Winter Warmth Drive “Fill The Truck” event… and boy, did we ever!

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            We collected thousands of items over a 48-hour period. Coats, boots, snow pants, hats, scarves and more… and it will all be distributed to students in need right here in central Iowa to help them keep warm this winter.

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            Thank you for your generosity. The Pulse family of givers is a truly remarkable one – we’re so grateful to be able to partner with you!

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            Thanks again to Chick-fil-A, Two Men & A Truck, Vital Signs Display Graphics and Valley Community Center for their sponsorship and support of this great mission. The Winter Warmth Drive continues to grow each year, working with local schools and on location to collect items, and redistributing them through over two dozen schools and non-profit organizations. Together, we’re taking care of our neighbors. Thank you!

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              Need You Now – A Story of Hope by Plumb

              plumbPulse 99.5 artist, Plumb (Tiffany Lee), recently released her autobiography, Need You Now – A Story of Hope. I knew her life story was going to be a compelling one as she has publicly spoken about the dissolving and renewal of her marriage. For those of you who attended Winter Jam last year, you may recall her being open about her marital struggles as she spoke during her performance.

              This book chronicles Plumb’s musical beginnings starting with her childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana where she sang at church with her parents, to her start in the music business as a back-up singer, and finally with the trials and successes of being a solo artist.

              The behind-the-scenes look at the music industry is interesting, but the heart of Plumb’s story is her recounting of her struggling marriage and hectic family life. Plumb writes about her relationships with transparency and honesty. As her marriage crumbles, her sadness and desperation to reconcile with her husband is heart-breaking.

              As she finds herself in the darkest time of her life, she writes about the importance of listening to Christian music, and specifically about Christian radio. “I had Christian radio on 24/7 in every room in the house. I played it in the car. I played it while I was in the shower. I left it on at night. Still do. I wanted those truths seeping into my bones, filling the air of my home, and chasing away the fear and doubt that hovered in the wings of my mind.”

              Ultimately, Plumb’s life story is one of hope. Through her words we witness God’s power to heal relationships and hearts. We feel God draw near when we are hurting. We remember that with God there is always hope.

               

               

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