DENVER - On a sun-soaked, occasionally windy Autumn Saturday in a month in which Americans gather together to give thanks, Coloradans opened their hearts and donated enough food and cash to provide 586,000 meals to help those in need this holiday season. More than 344,000 pounds of food, $121,776, and truckloads of clothing and toys were collected at the 31st annual 9Cares Colorado Shares winter food drive.
9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta said, "More than 30 years after the first 9Cares Colorado Shares, I am still overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from communities across our great state. With enthusiasm and generosity of spirit, volunteers and donors from all across Colorado came together to ensure the success of this inspirational event. We at 9NEWS extend our thanks to everyone who came out, and we hope to see them all again next year."
This year's drive raised 6,000 more pounds and $6,000 more in donations than the 2012 drive. Donations can still be made online or in person at King Soopers.
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 single-day food, clothing, and toy drive in our region with more than 40 sites across the state. Below is a breakdown of the results we've received so far:
9NEWS - $8,308; 34,000 lbs.
American Furniture Warehouse - $5,687; 54,000 lbs.
Inverness - $8,445; 48,000 lbs.
Southwest Plaza - $15,194; 58,000 lbs.
Pima Medical Center - $5,383; 28,000 lbs.
9Cares Corporate Challenge - $12,683; 23,635 lbs.
Combined 36 Remote Sites - $14,811; 98,959 lbs.
King Soopers Customer Donations - $47,950
On-line and Mail-in Donations - $3,315
TOTALS - $121,776; 344,594 lbs.
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 Food Bank of the Rockies and will be distributed to the more than 120 food banks in the 9Cares network. Outside the metro area, 36 additional sites host the 9Cares drive, and then keep all the food they collect. Clothing was collected by Goodwill and ARC Thrift Stores while toys were collected by the Denver Santa Claus Shop for distribution to those in need.
We would also like to thank all of the companies that make 9Cares possible. The following is a list of our sponsors:
Food Bank of the Rockies
Partners in Trucking
Deline Box Company
S & B Portable Restrooms
Waste Connections of Colorado
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