WMOA Christmas Zoo starts Friday

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MARIETTA, Oh.-(WTAP) A holiday tradition kicks off Friday to help charitable organizations in the Marietta area.

Preparations were under way Wednesday, for Friday's opening of the downtown Marietta Christmas Zoo.

WMOA radio, in partnership with the Marietta Community Foundation, has held the Christmas Zoo for nearly three decades. It began in 1990. and has been held at various locations at downtown stores.

Residents are asked to donate a stuffed animal for needy children in the radio station's listening area-but toys of all kinds are accepted.

"Some of our starting toys this year are Barbie dolls, Matchbox cars, some of the old classics," said station personality Ben Marshall. "But the stuffed animals reign the zoo, as it were."

Organizations that are helped by the donation effort include the Salvation Army, Eve Incorporated, churches and various other community groups.

The Christmas Zoo is located in the window of the Workingmans Store on Putnam Street, and continues until December 22nd.