Millions donated for Colorado Gives Day

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. Many across the state are donating to their favorite non-profit for "Colorado Gives Day". It's an opportunity for Coloradans to donate money to a organization of their choice. All you do is select the charities you want to give to, filling your "giving cart" on the website. This year, people have the opportunity to choose between 1,438 different charities.

"Colorado Gives Day" started four years ago as an effort to help non-profits that suffered in the recession. Last year, Coloradans donated $15.7 million dollars. That money went to hundreds of non-profit organizations across our state, including some in Mesa County. This year, nine non-profits in Mesa County are taking part. Some include, HopeWest, March of Dimes, and the Alzheimer's Association. Hilltop was even at the Mesa Mall, Tuesday, spreading awareness about "Colorado Gives Day".

Special Events Manager for Hilltop, Nancy Jewell, said "Especially the smaller non-profits that don't have the infrastructure to do fundraising, this is one easy way that every non-profit can get a little exposure and some assistance with their fundraising."

100% of the donations will go to the charities and First Bank is offering an incentive to fund match. New this year on the website ( has live updates on how much money has been donated so far. As of 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 10th, Coloradans have donated $16 million dollars. That number will likely change throughout the night. Donations last 24 hours and will close at midnight.

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