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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 University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

9 Who Care

Nominations are being accepted through November 30, 2018

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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A+ for Education

We are proud to recognize excellence in education.

Nominations will be accepted August 15, 2018 through April 15, 2019

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.


The Coats for Kids campaign is scheduled for September 1-30.

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Summer Writing Contest

Attention all kids between the ages of 7-12 in Eastern Iowa. Tell us what your biggest dream in life is and you could win prizes!

Nine winners will be selected to receive a goody bag filled with over $150 in prizes and 4 tickets to Adventureland! (There will be three winners from each of the following age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12) The Grand Prize winner from each age group will also receive a $75 UICCU Visa Gift Card; and the second place winner from each age group will receive a $25 UICCU Visa Gift Card.

Entry forms are available online by clicking on the "Contest Entry Form" icon below or by picking up a form from KCRG-TV9 Studios, or any of our Show You Care sponsor locations: Dave Wright Subaru, Eells and Tronvold Law Offices, Mercy Medical Center and Physicians Clinics and The University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

Entries will be accepted in Summer 2019 for the Summer Writing Contest.

Contest Entry Form Contest Rules

Nominations will be accepted November 1 – November 30, 2018

Upcoming Events



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

Nature’s Noel is unlike any other community event in the Corridor. This long-running, beloved holiday fundraiser and family fun day takes place annually on the first Saturday in December at Indian Creek Nature Center. 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, face painting and more all take place at Indian Creek Nature Center’s Amazing Space campus.
For more information visit: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Cedar Rapids Firefighter Foundation
December 1
2 pm - 5 pm
Central Fire Station

Firefighters – always saving lives. And now your help is needed. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors event on December 1st will raise funds for the Cedar Rapids Firefighter Foundation to install smoke detectors in every home.
For more information visit: www.crfirefoundation.org

Holiday Handel
Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale
December 8
7:30 pm
First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids

What a great way to celebrate the holidays! The Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale will be performing Part 1 of Handel's Messiah. They will be joined by the Mount Mercy University Choir and Hallellujah Chorus. Plus - an audience sing-a-long!
For more information visit: www.crchorale.org

Cookie Walk and Howliday Bazaar
Animal Resource Foundation of Iowa
December 8
11 am - 2 pm
Kirkwood Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha

This popular tradition aids numerous local animal rescue organizations and wildlife rehabilitators.
For more information visit: www.arfiowa.org

Cedar Rapids Holiday Blood Drive
American Red Cross
December 21
8 am - 2 pm
Marriott Cedar Rapids

This holiday blood drive will collect lifesaving blood donations for local hospital patients in need.
For more information visit: www.redcrossblood.org