Saturday, November 13, 2010

9Cares Colorado Shares: A lesson in giving

We chose the Harry Potter Theme. Here are some fun pictures. Read below for an important lesson.
A number of years ago I was helping viewers unload food from their cars at 9Cares Colorado Shares.
A lady walked up to me carrying a paper grocery sack full of food. Tears ran down her face.

Immediately, I asked her what was wrong. She told me for years she and her husband had to go to the food bank because they couldn’t afford enough groceries.

This was the first year she could afford to GIVE. It was such an important day in her life and an important less for all of us.

To this day, I have NEVER forgotten this woman. She probably doesn’t know how often I’ve thought of her.

This year, a four-year-old came up to me with her piggy bank and asked if she could donate what she’d saved. Her parents watched proudly. I know they had to be impressed. I sure was. (I put a few pictures of her in the slideshow above.)

9Cares Colorado Shares means the best station in the country teaming up with the best viewers in the country to help make the best holiday possible for people who are often enduring the worst times of their lives.

I’m proud of everyone who donated, I’m proud of my friends and colleagues who chose to come out to help and I’m proud to be a part of the huge and compassionate 9NEWS family.

Now I can't end without humor... What happens when you give a mic to Drew Soicher and add music? (Kidding about the no tone part. His wig is part of his Harry Potter costume.)