Day 2: Mayflower Marathon in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Rock 102’s annual Mayflower Marathon has already raised more than $113,000, and there’s still plenty of time left to donate!

Mike Baxendale and John O’Brien are holding their 52-hour “Mayflower Marathon” radiothon in the parking lot of the basketball hall of fame.

Rock 102: Mayflower Marathon

It’s been taking place for more than two decades, benefiting the Open Pantry of Springfield and making sure people in need have a meal on Thanksgiving.

Last year, in just 52 hours the event raised more than $94,000 and received more than 900,000 pounds of food.

“Everybody, whether you’re from Springfield or elsewhere, comes out and supports. We have people come from Vermont to donate to help people here which is pretty unusual, but still wonderful,” Mike Baxendale said.

The donated food usually lasts the pantry until March. On average more than 140 families use the pantry each day.

Food donations can be brought to the Mayflower Marathon outside The Basketball Hall of Fame until 10 a.m. Wednesday morning and monetary donations can be made here.

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