BOISE -- Thousands turned out in Boise, Nampa, and Twin Falls to donate food and money to 7Cares Day Saturday. It turned out to be an incredible showing of the community's generosity and caring.
People of all ages turned out for the event, from the smallest of children who saved up their pennies, to the older generations who have experienced hunger themselves and wanted to help now that they are able.
"We can't do the work we do without a lot of help. And community involvement like this is absolutely pricless," said Rev. Bill Roscoe, Boise Rescue Mission.
KTVB employees were standing by for donations of all sizes at the Idaho Center, KTVB Studios, and Fred Meyer in Twin Falls.
KTVB General Manager Doug Armstrong is impressed with how much this event continues to grow each year, "This year has been particularly rewarding because many companies have stepped up, we have had some small companies who have been quiet in the past, they have stepped up with some big donations this year and challenged other companies and that is the really interesting part. Of course, the piggy banks keep coming in and that is the backbone, the bread and butter of this event, but the community is really getting involved."
The generosity in our community and the amount of support shown Saturday Morning for those in need was nothing short of a miracle.
Nampa Mayor Tom Dale expressed his gratitude for all of the people who showed up to help, "We have seen the need for food, for extra help in these times grow, exponentially with the down economy. It's just really gratifying to watch how people come in to fill that need."
"We've all been there, where we've made mistakes and where we need that hand up, and we really do. We can't live this life on an island. We have to have people help us," said Mayor Don Hall, Twin Falls.
As of 4 p.m. Saturday, 35,000 pounds of food had been tallied, along with 323 toys. That is in addition to the 30,000 pounds of chicken donated by Tyson Foods. And that isn't even the end. We are still tallying the food and counting the monetary donations.
Thank you to everyone who helped make 7Cares Day 2011 a success.
A one-time $10 donation can still be made by texting 7CARES to 50555.