ATLANTA (WXIA) - More than 154,000 cans were donated in the 29th Annual 11Alive Holiday Canathon on December 2!
Despite the brisk and cool weather early in the morning, the sunny day turned out to be a spectacular one for the Canathon.
Georgia Natural Gas' John Jamison loved the weather for Friday's event.
"I wanted to thank 11Alive for hosting this event, and thank you for ordering up a perfect '11' on the Wizometer for today," he said.
Donations came from five drop-off points - Turner Field in Atlanta, at the School Box in Duluth (South Gwinnett County), The School Box in Kennesaw, State Mutual Stadium in Rome and at Atlantic Station. The donations will go to help the Salvation Army's annual efforts to help feed the needy and hungry this year.
Corporate partners, including AT&T, Georgia Natural Gas and The School Box jumped in to help out, raising donations among their own employees and bringing them out to the collection locations.
AT&T's Emily Edmonds told 11Alive's Ted Hall, "We decided to partner with the Salvation Army and 11Alive because we just felt this is a great project. It gets everyone in the holiday spirit, and obviously gives back to the community."
Georgia Natural Gas was excited to join with 11Alive on the heels of their involvement in the giant 11-11-11 event at the Georgia Dome on November 11.
"Georgia Natural Gas is proud to be part of this. We partnered with 11Alive on the Rachel's Challenge, and the mission there was to spread kindness one good deed at a time, and I can't think of a better way to continue that mission than one can at a time here at the Canathon," said Jamison.
School Box CEO Dave Persson joined 11Alive's Donna Lowry at their Kennesaw location and was very happy to be a part of the Canathon. Two School Box locations - in Kennesaw and Duluth - were collection points for this year's Canathon.
"So many of our customers have pitched to help, because the economy has gotten so tough. We're needing to help more than we'll ever know," Persson said.
For folks who were not able to get to the Canathon collection points, donations can still get to the Salvation Army by going to http://www.atlantasalvationarmy.org/.