Kaladi Brothers Coffee baristas raised more than $28,000 on Jan. 1 for a local charity -- a 19 percent jump from the previous year.
It's tradition for some coffee shop employees to volunteer their time on New Year's Day and donate cash from java sales to a charity of their choosing, said Dale Tran, Kaladi Brothers' chief operating officer.
For the past three years, the coffee roasters in Anchorage and Wasilla have sent money to Children's Lunchbox. In 2014, baristas raised $14,277 for the Bean's Cafe program that serves food to hungry children, Tran said. Shell Alaska matched the sum.
"We're just super ecstatic about the level of support we received and very humbled by the community and the community support for all the kids," Tran said.
It's the second year that Kaladi Brothers has partnered with Shell Alaska. Since 2012, the companies raised more than $63,800 for Children's Lunchbox.
The New Year's Day sales donation is long-standing at Kaladi Brothers. For more than 20 years the company has donated to places like the Food Bank of Alaska, Habitat for Humanity and the Kids' Kitchen.
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