DENVER - The numbers haven't been entirely tallied, but so far, the 9Cares Colorado Shares Summer Drive has raised more than $9,000 for wildfire relief and received more than 31,000 pounds of food.
The wildfire donations will support the Red Cross.
PREVIOUS POST: On Saturday, June 15, 9NEWS will hold the 9Cares Colorado Shares Summer Drive from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the 9NEWS parking lot at 500 Speer Blvd. 9News anchors and reporters will be collecting non-perishable food and clothing from viewers who drive through with donations.
Summer is historically a very busy time for food banks. Needs increase as families feed their children who had been receiving federal free and reduced-cost lunches at their schools. Making things more difficult is that public donations are down during the summer months.
9News provides the donations of food and toiletries to more than 100 food banks in metro Denver and along the Front Range from Fort Collins to Castle Rock. Food Bank of the Rockies coordinates the food distribution.
Clothing and other household items will be donated to ARC Thrift. Profits from the sale of these items help individuals with disabilities with much needed workforce development skills, and other services.
What Kinds of Food Are Needed?
Any non-perishable food is appreciated; however, food banks prefer foods high in protein. Those include peanut butter, tuna fish, and dry beans. They also always need soups and stews, Mac and Cheese, hot cereals, oatmeal, canned fruit and vegetables, and baby formula with iron. Food banks also need toiletry items such as diapers, shampoo, condition, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
What Kinds of Clothing Are Accepted?
ARC Thrift accepts all clothing. ARC Thrift is a non-profit organization that will use the funds created by the clothing to fund their programs which serve disabled individuals. In return, ARC Thrift provides clothing vouchers for area clothing banks to allow those in need to shop at ARC Thrift stores.
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