Published on : Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Last February, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock was the first to donate spare change
to help the homeless at a Denver International Airport (DIA) security screening heckpoint, and just one year later, millions of generous passengers have raised more than $82,000.
DIA installed the change collection containers in an effort to support Denver’s Road Home, the city’s plan to end homelessness, last February. There are a total of four containers: one located before the south security screening checkpoint, one before the north security screening checkpoint and two before the A-security screening checkpoint.
“I’m inspired by the generosity of the travelers passing through Denver International Airport,” said Mayor Hancock. “Passengers really have stepped up to help those less fortunate by emptying change from their pockets and into the donation receptacles for Denver’s Road Home. Their generosity is helping to end homelessness one person, one family at a time.”
The change collection receptacles are one way DIA is supporting the homeless in Denver. In late 2007, DIA placed a dozen donation parking meters inside the airport, which brought in approximately $1,800 annually for Denver’s Road Home. The parking meters are part of a fundraising campaign aimed at raising awareness about homelessness and better ways to give. DIA’s combined efforts to raise money for the homeless through the change receptacles and meters have raised $82,000 from last February through January 31, 2014.
“Since the launch of the spare change donation program last February, numerous airports have contacted us to learn from our success, as they are interested in setting up similar fundraising efforts in their own facilities,” said Denver’s Manager of Aviation, Kim Day. “It is very rewarding to know that this program will have a positive impact, and we look forward to seeing our impact grow.”
Today marks the three-day countdown to the ninth annual PJ Day celebration, which takes place Feb. 6 to benefit Denver’s Road Home. The money raised on PJ Day goes directly to Denver’s Road Home, which gives homeless men, women and children an alternative to sleeping on the streets.
Source:- Denver International Airport