9Cares Colorado Shares summer drive nets 32 tons of food, $36,000; another $14,000 for Wildfire Relief

11:42 AM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
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As part of a joint fundraising effort between the Fort Collins Coloradoan and 9NEWS, donors along the front range raised an additional $14,623 to be divided between the Red Cross to help fire victims and for fire fighters and their families through the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation fund.

9Cares Road Trip (with Goodwill) - 1,921 pounds of food
9NEWS - 16,480 lbs; $6,150
Boulder - 1,990 lbs
Buena Vista - 975 lbs; $1,000
Castle Rock - 2,913 lbs; $3,448
Conifer - 2,940 lbs; $595
Elizabeth - 1,924 lbs; $430
Ft Collins - 7,565 lbs; $1,773
Longmont - 2,866 lbs; $431
Loveland - 1,756 lbs; $1,705
Parker - 14,467 lbs; $3,882
Weld County - 8,465 lbs; $3,469
Online donations - $1,167
King Soopers - $11,695

In addition to Saturday's collection totals, 9Cares Colorado Shares used $100,000 in viewer contributions collected in last fall's 9Cares Colorado Shares drive to purchase the equivalent of eight semi trucks full of food for local food banks.

"Whether donating food or clothing for 9Cares, or digging deep to help victims of Colorado's summer fires, we can always count on 9NEWS viewers to help their neighbors in times of need," said 9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta. "We want to thank our partners at the Fort Collins Coloradoan and their concerned readers for coming out in force, and opening their hearts and wallets to support the victims and firefighters on the front lines."

For those who were unable to participate in the 9Cares Colorado Shares summer drive, contributions can still be made at participating front range King Soopers locations or online through PayPal.

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