Kindness Day 2017 breaks all time donation record

TAMPA — WFLA News Channel 8 hosted its ninth annual KINDNESS DAY on Friday, Dec. 8.

“We’re excited about this year’s Kindness Day which is expected to be our biggest and best event to date. Kindness Day will highlight four local charities to help our community and make this holiday season special,” said Andy Alford, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

As of 5 p.m., we have already surpassed last year’s event in every way.

Over 900 cars have passed through so far, more than 80 pints of blood have been donated, 5,200 toys have been donated, 3,115 teddy bears have been donated and 7,385 pounds of food (about 6,154 meals) have also been donated thus far.

WATCH: Santa Claus answers the tough questions at Kindness Day

News Channel 8’s KINDNESS DAY is sponsored by Hyundai of New Port Richey, Circle K, Perkins, Verizon, Famous Tate, Crime Stoppers and the Tampa Bay Times.

Circle K is offering a FREE cup of coffee at its locations throughout the Tampa Bay area on Dec.8 for every $2 donation its customers give toward “kindness.” All proceeds from the coffee donations will be divided up evenly among the four charities.

Charities benefiting from KINDNESS DAY include Feeding Tampa Bay, OneBlood, Toys for Tots, Tampa Rough Riders and the Teddy Bear Roundup. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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