MEDFORD, Ore. — Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub's donation matching campaign for the ACCESS fire relief fund helped to raise more than $138,000 in a two-week period, the restaurant and ACCESS announced on Tuesday.
“The outpouring of support from our community has been so heartwarming. We could not do our work without generous businesses like Kaleidoscope Pizza and giving, compassionate community members who really care about helping others. We are so thankful to be part of this community," said Kellie Battaglia, Development Director for ACCESS.
Kaleidoscope had offered to match up to $25,000 in donations toward providing food, shelter, and basic needs to lower-income families impacted by the September fires in Jackson County. Donations over the next two weeks from individuals and businesses reached $113,761 in addition to the pledged funds.
“Our community was hit with a global pandemic which caused wide-spread shutdowns then a devastating fire that displaced many families and businesses. We reached out to our customers and asked them to help us with a $25K Match Campaign," said Kristi Haavig, co-owner of Kaleidoscope. "The generosity and compassion our community has shown goes to the heart of what makes this area so wonderful. We are so blessed.”
Kaleidoscope said that its donation and many other were designated for fire relief through ACCESS, but others were more broadly offered for the regional food bank's overall mission. They'll be put toward helping families struggling with food and housing instability.