Denver, CO - On a warm and windy Saturday morning, thousands of people joined in the 29th annual 9Cares Colorado Shares winter drive, generously giving more than 413,000 pounds of food and a record-shattering $276,222 in cash donations, helping to restock depleted shelves in food banks across Colorado.
"We live in a truly great community and every year I am reminded of the generosity of so many who come out to donate food, clothes and toys and those that contribute money. To live in a community where there is such an outpouring of support for those less fortunate is something special," said 9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta. "The many volunteers and corporate partners we have helped make this drive an even greater success as we simply could not do this without them."
This year's record total of well over a quarter of a million dollars is a staggering 109% increase over last year's previous record total of $132,125. "Watching people from all over Colorado share and give unselfishly is powerful and positive," said 9NEWS Vice President and News Director Patti Dennis. "Hunger is very real in our own communities. 9Cares is part of the solution and all of us at 9NEWS are humbled by the thousands of generous people who joined us on this special day."
9Cares Colorado Shares is especially grateful this year to King Soopers and its generous customers for donating more than $95,000 through the Bring the Hope to the Table campaign. Colorado music fans also helped raise another $42,000 through King Soopers by purchasing the Opie Gone Christmas CD, a special compilation of holiday music featuring local recording artists including 9NEWS entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery, John Common and others.
Since the first 9Cares in March 1983, the annual effort has grown from a modest food drive with a single collection site at the old 9NEWS building at Bannock and 11th to the largest one-day food, clothing, and toy drive in our region with more than 30 sites across the state. 9NEWS Community Relations Vice President Lynne Valencia said, "So many people came out to one of our 9Cares sites it was great to see. We thank the people of Colorado for caring about others in the community and for being part of this tradition of giving."
Below is a breakdown of the results we've received so far:
- 9NEWS - 53,700 pounds of food; $ 8,965
- American Furniture Warehouse - 56,600 pounds; $ 4,785
- Inverness - 65,550; $10,537
- Southwest Plaza - 72,800; $11,059
- Town Center at Aurora - 42,550; $ 6,067
- 9Cares Corporate Challenge - 38,291; $26,636
- Combined 30 Remote Sites - 63,910; $14,638
- King Soopers Customer Donations - 20,000; $158,271
- On-line and Mail-in Donations - $35,264
- TOTALS - 413,401; $276,222
9Cares believes that items donated in a community should stay in that community. Food collected in the Denver metro area is now being sorted by volunteers at FoodWorks Colorado and will be distributed to the more than 125 food banks in the 9Cares networks. Outside the metro area, 30 individual food banks host the 9Cares drive, and then keep all the food they collect. Clothing was collected by ARC Thrift and Goodwill, which will in turn provide local clothing banks with vouchers. Toys collected will be distributed to families in need by the Denver Santa Claus Shop and its affiliates.
We would also like to thank all of the following companies that make 9Cares possible.
American Furniture Warehouse
Arc Thrift Stores
Colorado Port of Entry
Deline Box & Display
Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America
Denver Santa Claus Shop
Little Caesars Pizza
S & B PortaBowl Restrooms
Waste Connections of Colorado, Inc.
Welch Equipment Company
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