Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses Doubles Christmas in July Food Donations

A shot of Metro CareRing's urban garden and office on 18th Ave. & Downing St. in downtown Denver.

The spirit of giving isn’t just for the winter months.

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses donated more than double its total from last year’s Christmas in July Food Drive. Food donations were collected on behalf of Metro CareRing, a hunger relief nonprofit in downtown Denver.

Two 50-gallon barrels were given to each of our 12 locations in Colorado to help collect nonperishable food items throughout the month of July. Most of our stores were able to collect at least one barrel full of food, and several stores went above and beyond their original collection goals. Hundreds of our customers pitched in (and they got a nice little discount if they did), and so did many of our 300 employees.

Steve and Anthony, sales associates from our East Evans Ave. location, show off the loot they've collected for the Christmas in July Food Drive before shipping it off to Metro CareRing.

The Christmas in July Food Drive was started by one of those employees—John Higgins, our marketing production manager, whose wife is a social worker in Denver and works closely with the organization.

“All too often I’ve heard her stories about school age children being forced to go without because school lunch programs are suspended when school is not in session,” Higgins said. “With the aid of my coworkers and our generous customers, I feel like we are reaching the people who truly require the most help.”

In addition to providing nutritious food and other items for stabilizing individuals and families in need, Metro CareRing also promotes self-sufficiency by providing utilities assistance and transportation, and identification documentation. Utilizing over 160 ongoing volunteers and a small paid staff, Metro CareRing provides 152,473 services each year. For more information, give Metro CareRing a “Like” on Facebook.

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses is proud to contribute to a community that has helped the company grow so quickly in the last 26 years. As a provider of affordable kitchen and laundry appliances, we value easier access to food for Colorado families.

Donations of food and toiletries are accepted by Metro CareRing Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the door marked “Deliveries” behind the building at 18th Ave. and Downing St. For more information on donating pantry items, please call Pantry Staff at 303-350-3663. If you or someone you know needs food assistance or related services, contact Metro CareRing at 303-860-7200.

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