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Tampa Bay area radio host lives and works on toy tower for one week

Orlando Davis has been doing it for the past 9 years
Posted at 10:43 AM, Dec 10, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — If you've driven down Noth Dale Mabry this week, you probably noticed the large tower on the side of the highway.

It's all part of Wild 94.1's Annual Toy Drive for the Children's Home Network.

Radio show host Orlando Davis has been living and working on top of this three-story-tall toy tower all week.

"Like Cribs on MTV, everyone wants to get to the bedroom," said Davis, as he gets into his tent. "I zip up at about 10 o'clock at night, and then I'm back out it at 5 a.m."

For the past nine years, he's dedicated a week on top of the tower to help raise money, toys and bikes for the Children's Home Network, which serves abused, neglected or abandoned children.

"They do an incredible job for 365 days a year for these kids, I mean they are real advocates for their protection, so I figure eight days is nothing for me," said Davis.

Davis has learned from experience how to survive. For starters, use the port-a-potty as little as possible.

"I just make sure I eat lightly and sort of coast through the week," said Davis.

Also, he tries not to work up a sweat because there's no shower.

"I shower with something called Epic Wipes, it's like a handy wipe, but it's Orlando sized," said Davis.

Also, have an emergency wave just in case you need help from the hard-working people collecting toys on the ground.

"They do all the work down there. I just have to hang out up here," said Davis.

The toy drive lasts until Saturday at 5 p.m., and you can drop off toys, bikes, donations or gift cards any time. The tower is located at 2907 North Dale Mabry.

Davis said don't be a stranger, show him your support, but more importantly, show the kids that you care.

"No matter what time of night it is, blow that horn when you are passing me by, it lets me know that people are with us," said Davis.