Outpouring of generosity at Thousand Can Drive
Glenwood Insurance Agency’s Thousand Can Drive finished up Friday afternoon with a ceremony to count and donate the cans and non-perishable items to LIFT-UP in the parking lot in front of the offices at 1605 Grand Ave.
The event has gained more interest from the community every year. Last year, more than 3,400 items were donated to LIFT-UP. This year, in addition to cans and non-perishables, the final count also includes a produce drive hosted by LiveWell of Garfield County and Eagle Springs Organic.
This year 3,339 non-perishables were donated, plus 1,200 pounds of produce.
Volunteers loaded food into vehicles from LIFT-UP and a truck from Eagle Springs Organic, which allowed produce donations during the counting ceremony.
Community members, producers, gardeners and others were encouraged to donate excess produce that would be uneaten or otherwise go bad. Eagle Springs Organic matched food donations up to 1,000 pounds of food.
Glenwood Insurance Agency’s chief operating officer, Ian Exelbert, brought along his kids, who donated cans to the drive as well.
“It helps charity and the homeless that need food,” said young Braden Exelbert.
Bank of Colorado and ANB Bank added to the bounty collected by the dentists’ offices of Corey Johnson and Murray Dental Group. This year, food was collected all across the valley; Carbondale Insurance Service, Sterling Insurance in Aspen, Glenwood Insurance Agency, Bank of Colorado, American National Bank, Murray Dental Group and the offices of Corey Johnson, DDS. contributed to the cause.
On Saturday there will be a photo shoot and formal donation ceremony before Music on the Mountain at the base of the Iron Mountain Tramway at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park at 5 p.m.
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