Over 196,000 cans, and $6,000 were collected on December 3rd at the 28th Annual 11Alive Holiday Can-A-Thon.
Cans were collected at five locations, including Turner Field, The School Box (Kennesaw), BrandsMart USA (Doraville), Atlantic Station, and State Mutual Stadium (Rome).
“This year, more people than ever before have come to us in an hour of need,” explains Major James Seiler, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander. “If it were not for Can-A-Thon, we would struggle to adequately stock our food pantries.”
All donated goods will be distributed via foodbaskets to individuals and families through The Salvation Army Financial Emergency Services Centers.
“Every day, hundreds of people come to our Service Centers seeking emergency assistance with utilities and other bills,” says Major Seiler. “When our Case Workers meet with them to assess their needs, they often find a number of clients who are struggling to afford enough groceries to feed their families.”
Crews from The Salvation Army, 11Alive, and Publix Super Markets, Inc. braved Friday’s chill to help collect canned goods and monetary donations to benefit hungry Georgians.
Throughout the day, 11Alive personalities broadcasted live from each location to encourage Georgia residents to drop off canned food donations.
A foodbasket for a family of four contains approximately 25 grocery items. These items make up the essentials needed for three nutritional meals a day for up to four days.
Thanks to everyone that came out to the 28 th Annual Holiday Can-A-Thon.
To make a monetary contribution, or to find out more about The Salvation Army in your community, visit http://www.salvationarmyatlanta.org