COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - There was a lot to celebrate on this Colorado Gives Day after Safeway and Hormel Foods made a big donation to Catholic Charities!
They delivered more than 200 hams, 2,000 sides of mashed potatoes, and 1,000 sides of gravy to feed people in need at the Marian House.
Hormel Foods donated the fresh hams, and the people who donated to Safeways "Turkey and Santa Bucks" program funded the sides.
That food will feed more than 600 people on Christmas, who would otherwise not get a Christmas meal. It will also help long after the holidays.
Andy Barton, CEO of Catholic Charities, said the donation makes a huge impact.
"These hams will give more than 5,000 people full bellies and smiles on their faces," Barton said.
He was touched by the community effort.
"When we talk about poverty or extreme hunger or homelessness... these issues are way too big for one organization to deal with," Barton said. "We have to have the community support. We have to be in this together. So to have Safeway and Hormel doing it and have people in the community doing it -- it’s really powerful."
The donation was worth more than $20,000!
The Marion House will be open Christmas day to feed warm meals to people in need.