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Thousands of nonprofits participate in Colorado Gives Day as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Posted at 7:39 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 21:44:54-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Thousands of nonprofits participating in Colorado Gives Day in hopes of getting much-needed support amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado seeing a larger need during the pandemic. The organization setting a goal of $60,000 for 600,000 pounds of food, and already reaching it.

"But that doesn't mean over our goal doesn't matter because the more money that comes in, the more food we can acquire, and the more people we can serve," said Lynne Telford, Chief Executive Office for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.

Donations received through the online event will help the nonprofit distribute more food to the community and through its partners.

"Donations we receive today help us look to the future and we really believe this is going to last a long time, even after people are no longer sick with the virus," said Telford.

The Springs Rescue Mission also relying on Colorado Gives Day for a big boost.

"Every year it's important, but this year has been so challenging. To hear from the community has meant so much as our staff as been on the frontline battling this pandemic and working to keep the less safe," said Travis Williams, Chief Development Officer for the Springs Rescue Mission.

The organization setting a goal of $25,000 this year to help in their mission.

"So with this Colorado Gives Day, we're going to be providing funds to put extra layers of safety for our guests at the Springs Rescue Mission during this pandemic," said Williams.

Hoping to use the donations for Plexiglass between the shelter beds and to provide more meals.

Another nonprofit looking to benefit from Colorado Gives Day, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

"Our revenue has decreased, we've seen a large increase in adoptions but we're not taking in as many animals. We've also have had to suspend a lot of our programs this year," said Gretchen Pressley, Community Relations Manager for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

With the organization getting hard this year, they're hoping to use the donations for rehabilitation and surgeries.

"It can take a lot of resources, a lot of medication,and a lot of time to get these animals healthy," said Pressley.

With more than 5,000 procedures done this year, and with less assistance, they say community support is especially needed now.

Anyone interested in donating to local nonprofits can visit the Colorado Gives Day website.