Denver, CO - As snow blankets the metro area after a month in which Americans gathered together to give thanks, no one is more thankful than the food banks served by 9Cares Colorado Shares. Thanks especially to the generosity of shoppers at major partner, King Soopers, the 9Cares Winter Food Drive raised a record-breaking $276,222, a staggering 109% increase from last year's previous record. Add that to the record-breaking total from the 2011 9Cares Summer Drive of more than $157,000, and the numbers become even more impressive. Coloradans gave (and gave and GAVE!) 9Cares Colorado Shares more than $433,000!
9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta said, "The food banks and the beneficiaries of their work are truly blessed both by the generosity of our selfless volunteers and those that donate food and money to this great cause. The success of 9Cares Colorado Shares also is due in large part to the efforts of our tremendous partner, King Soopers, which has done an amazing job of supporting our community and specifically in supporting this event. We are so pleased to have their support every year. We simply could not do this without them."
King Soopers and their customers account for $258,000 - more than half of this year's total. While the Bringing Hope to the Table campaign raised $95,000, Colorado music fans have so far helped raise nearly $43,000 by purchasing the Opie Gone Christmas CD at their local King Soopers. This unique recording is a special compilation of holiday music featuring local recording artists including 9NEWS entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery, John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee and many others. Opie Gone Christmas is still available at front range King Soopers stores.
Please see the annual totals below:
9NEWS - $13,915
American Furniture Warehouse - $4,785
Inverness - $10,537
Southwest Plaza - $11,059
Town Center at Aurora - $6,067
9Cares Corporate Challenge - $26,636
Combined 30 Remote Sites - $26,200
King Soopers Customer Donations - $258,271
On-line and Mail-in Donations - $76,339
TOTALS - $433,809
Together with the 247 tons of food collected during both annual 9Cares food drives, more neighbors in need across Colorado will experience full pantries as well as full hearts this holiday season.
This article was originally published on December 1, 2011.