Media drive exceeds goals

What started out slow has turned into a downhill dash as the 1999 Media Holiday Drive closes.

The Craig Daily Press, KRAI-FM and K27FA Television, sponsors of the Media Holiday Drive, are pleased with final results.

"We are overwhelmed with the response from the community, particularly with the support from businesses," said KRAI-FM representative Rick Allen. "It is unbelievable."

Two and one-half tons of clothing, food and toys were donated Thursday alone. Today, it took seven truckloads to carry all the donated items.

"The trucks were full yesterday and people are still coming by," Allen said. "We have a chance to really go over the top. Friday was the biggest day we have ever had in the drive. People were standing in line to give us donations."

Although volunteers were scheduled to be on hand to collect donated items from vehicles until 10 a.m., donors continued to arrive and volunteers happily stayed for extra time.

Community members also showed tremendous support through monetary donations. According to Allen, totals have reached $10,030. Of this amount, Toys for Tots will receive $4,131, Interfaith Food Bank will receive $3,295 and Advocates-Crisis Support Services will receive $2,604.

Volunteers for the drive also enjoy providing for the community.

"It has been fantastic," said Tamara Piona of Craig. "We had some really hard Christmas's growing up and God has been so good to us."

Piona exemplified her true spirit of giving Thursday. She and her husband, Chris, were on their way to the Centennial Mall to help and ran into a problem. Their truck broke down and all Tamara could think of was getting back to the mall to help.

Her attitude toward giving is an example of many from Northwest Colorado and media outlets are thankful for people like the Pionas.

"We really can't thank Northwest Colorado enough," Allen said.

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