DENVER - Through a thick blanket of smoke from wildfires burning across the state, thousands of Coloradans generously donated both food and funds for the 9Cares Colorado Shares summer food drive. 24 locations in cities from Ft. Collins to Castle Rock combined to collect 56,008 pounds of food.
And while more than 500 homes in Colorado have burned in recent days in the worst fires in state history, neighbors came together in a spirit of unity to contribute an additional $4,912 for wildfire relief which was donated to the Red Cross.
9Cares Highrise Challenge - 1,880 pounds of food, $1,780 cash donations
9NEWS - 14,047 lbs., $3,014
Brighton - 3,800 lbs., $1,279
Buena Vista - 824 lbs., $654
Castle Rock -5,303 lbs., $3,219
Conifer - 2,430 lbs., $600
Elizabeth - 2,468 lbs., $1,464
Evergreen - 1,730 lbs., $470
Ft Collins - 2,444 lbs., $425
Longmont - 4,070 lbs., $265
Loveland - 1,720 lbs.
Parker - 9,842 lbs., $4,190
Weld County - 5,450 lbs., $2,209
Online donations - $1,800
King Soopers - $20,000
TOTALS - 56,008 lbs., $41,369
In addition to Saturday's collection totals, 9Cares Colorado Shares used $150,000 in viewer contributions collected in last fall's 9Cares Colorado Shares drive to purchase the equivalent of ten semi trucks full of food for local food banks. All food will be distributed on Thursday, June 20, to more than 100 food banks and pantries.
"Last year was the first year we collected additional funds for wildfire relief, and it is disheartening that after the worst fires in Colorado history, we find an even greater need this year," said 9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta. "The people of Colorado are incredibly resilient, and as we saw on Saturday, incredibly generous with both their food and cash donations."
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 the 9Cares Colorado Shares section on 9NEWS.com's Community page.
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