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9 Who Care

Nominations are accepted November 1 - November 30, 2019

Each year, KCRG-TV9 and our Show You Care Sponsors honor outstanding volunteers throughout Eastern Iowa.

Nominations are accepted during the month of November. Nine finalists are chosen by an independent panel of judges. The 9 Who Care award recipients are featured during a newscast and honored at a ceremony in February. During the ceremony, the award recipients are each presented with a $500 donation to give to their charity of choice.

Of these nine winners, one finalist will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent Eastern Iowa in a national competition for a Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award.

Nominations accepted through November 30.

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Show You Care Support Request


KCRG-TV9 is proud to continue the tradition of supporting and celebrating charitable organizations and events through our Show You Care program. KCRG-TV9 is committed to being a strong partner as we annually support nearly 100 community events throughout Eastern Iowa.

All of the support offered through the Show You Care program happens because of the time, dedication, and generosity our of sponsors. Without them, the program would not be possible. We recognize with sincere gratitude the support of Mercy Medical Center, Dave Wright Subaru, Eells and Tronvold Law Offices and the Green State Credit Union.

A+ for Education

We are proud to recognize excellence in education.

Nominations for A+ for Education are accepted through April 30, 2020.

If you know a teacher, coach or principal who has gone the extra mile, show your appreciation by completing a nomination for KCRG-TV9's A+ For Education program.

Each month during the school year (September-May) one outstanding individual will be honored with a plaque and $250 for their dedication. Nominations are accepted August 15th through April 15th.

Please note that entries are only good for the month of submission. If not selected, reapply. There is no limit to the number of entries per year.

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Coats for Kids

Thousands of individuals in Eastern Iowa are in need of a warm winter coat. To serve this need, KCRG-TV9 volunteers and our Show You Care sponsors work to collect and distribute new and gently used coats each fall. Coats in sizes infant through adult are donated at locations throughout Eastern Iowa, collected and cleaned by Citywide Cleaners in Cedar Rapids, and are then distributed to the children who need them by area family service organizations and volunteers. Through our 25 years of collecting and distributing Coats For Kids, many more kids will stay warm each winter as a result of the generosity of our communities.


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Summer Writing Contest

Nearly 90 students answered "Who is your biggest hero and why?" in our annual Summer Writing Contest.

The following winners were chosen by a panel of three independent judges:

Age 7-8:
1st place – Edison Wolterman of Cedar Rapids
2nd place – Addison Kay of Cedar Rapids
3rd place – Averi Jeffries of Tipton

Age 9-10:
1st place – Brynnley Fetzer of Cedar Rapids
2nd place – Scarlett Dwyer of Cedar Rapids
3rd place – Elyse Lyle of Keota

Age 11-12:
1st place – Brynn Albertsen of Buckingham
2nd place – Nevaeh Norton of Monticello
3rd place – Olivia Troy of Marion

Each winner received a goody bag filled with gifts from the Show You Care sponsors and 4 tickets to Adventureland! The Grand Prize winner from each age group also received a $75 Green State Credit Union Visa Gift Card and the second place winner from each age group received a $25 Green State Credit Union Visa Gift Card.

The event is part of the Show You Care program. SYC sponsors are: Dave Wright Subaru, Eells and Tronvold Law Offices, Mercy Medical Center and The Green State Credit Union.

Visit this page in June 2020 for information for the 2020 Summer Writing Contest.

Nominations will be accepted November 1 – November 30, 2018

Show Your Care Features

Upcoming Events



Go Red for Women Luncheon - Iowa City
American Heart Association
November 22
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Marriott - Coralville

Go Red For Women provides a platform for women and their families to lead healthier lives, and drive collective action for community transformation. It’s not just about wearing red; it’s not just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about: Providing women with opportunities to prioritize and take charge of their own health; Building communities that support and provide access to healthy choices; Demanding equal access to healthcare for all women and their families; Increasing women in STEM in upcoming generations.
For more information visit: www.heart.org/iowacitygored

Go Red for Women Luncheon - Cedar Rapids
American Heart Association
December 6
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
DoubleTree

Go Red For Women provides a platform for women and their families to lead healthier lives, and drive collective action for community transformation. It’s not just about wearing red; it’s not just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about: Providing women with opportunities to prioritize and take charge of their own health; Building communities that support and provide access to healthy choices; Demanding equal access to healthcare for all women and their families; Increasing women in STEM in upcoming generations.
For more information visit: www.heart.org/cedarrapidsgored

Nature's Noel
Indian Creek Nature Center
December 7
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Indian Creek Nature Center

Nature's Noel is a holiday fundraiser and family fun day. Guests come to shop for wreaths, tree toppers, and other holiday decor that’s lovingly handmade with fresh, fragrant greens by Friends of the Nature Center members. Frozen soups and appetizers, baked goods, and artisan vendors round out the holiday market. Nature’s Noel is not just for holiday shoppers looking for unique gifts and decor, however. It also features an array of fun activities so the whole family can come out and enjoy a day at the Nature Center together. Children’s crafts, nature walks, visits with Santa, and more.
For more information visit: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.org

Cookie Walk and Howliday Bazaar
Animal Resource Foundation of Iowa
December 7
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kirkwood Regional Training Center

This event consists of a cookie walk as well as the sale of merchandise for both animals and the people who care about them to meet everyone's holiday needs.
For more information visit: www.arfiowa.org

2nd Annual Linn-Mar Basketball Alzheimer's Awareness Game
Alzheimer's Association
December 13
6:00/7:30 pm
Linn-Mar High School Gym

Linn-Mar will be hosting a girls/boys basketball double header against cross town rival Xavier. Tickets will be sold for a random prize raffle drawing, and silent auctions will be held, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Eastern Iowa Alzheimer's Association.
For more information visit: https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=13035&pg=entry

Toys for Tots
Marine Toys for Tots - Johnson County
December 17
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
TBD

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our community. Each year the Johnson County Toys for Tots Program partners with local business, volunteers & The Salvation Army to distribute over 5,000 toys, books and stocking stuffers to nearly 2,000 local children. Toys will be distributed on December 17th and 18th.
For more information visit: https://iowa-city-ia.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx

Wrapping for a Cause
The Arc of East Central Iowa
December 6 - 24
11 am - 8 pm, Mon-Sat.; 11 am - 5 pm, Sundays; 9 am - 3 pm on Christmas Eve
Lindale Mall

Each day from Dec.6-Dec. 24th stop by the Wrapping For a Cause booth inside the food court at Lindale Mall. Volunteers will be there to box and wrap gifts.
For more information visit:https://www.arceci.org/

Red Kettle Campaign
The Salvation Army
November 8 - December 24
Various hours according to location C Fareway, HyVee, Theisen's, Hobby Lobby, Newbo City Market, Walmart, and Sam's Club.

A successful Red Kettle campaign is critical to the year-round work of The Salvation Army in Linn County. The money raised during this campaign helps fund meal programs, supplemental food boxes, youth programs, financial assistance, senior services, emergency response work, outreach efforts and more throughout the entire year. This year, approximately 45% of the yearly operating support is projected to be raised during the holiday season. This is raised through Red Kettles, mail in donations and online donations. The Red Kettle Campaign runs November 8th through December 24.
For more information visit: www.sacedarrapids.org