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Share Your Holiday surpasses 2015 donations

San Benito County residents help local TV station collect food, toys and money for the Salvation Army
Groups practice while waiting for their turn on KSBW TV.
Groups practice while waiting for their turn to be on KSBW TV.
Heritage Bank donates $2,000 to the Salvation Army.

Share Your Holiday, the annual one-day KSBW broadcast and online fundraiser, totaled $177,457 in cash donations to help Central Coast residents in need. Gathered from five locations, 15,924 pounds of food was collected and 6,381 new toys were donated for less fortunate children.

In San Benito County, Heritage Bank of Commerce joined KSBW, providing the location for the annual live fundraising even on Friday, Dec. 9.

According to Heritage Bank spokeswoman Diana Olveira, "The fundraiser helps local families have a happier holiday with donations of new and unwrapped toys, clothing, blankets, food, bottled water, and monetary contributions."

KSBW 8 and Central Coast ABC broadcast their Share Your Holiday event from five Central Coast locations. People made donations and met KSBW Action News 8 anchors and reporters, including Felix Cortez, who was stationed in Hollister. Many local clubs and youth groups provided seasonal entertainment during the eight-hour event.

The Salvation Army administers all donations from the 30th annual event across the Central Coast. 










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Leslie David (Leslie David)

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.

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