Admittedly, I’m a huge pessimist. The glass is never full. It’s almost always empty. But sometimes, stories like this can warm the cockles of even this frigid, bruised and battered heart.

WJCU 88.7 FM and Auburn Records hosted a food drive for the Cleveland Foodbank and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel on December 23, at The Saw Concert Club in Cleveland, Ohio.

And guess what? Metal fans aren’t heartless, apathetic cretins.

Fans attending the third annual Iron Ingo Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive were encouraged to bring canned or non-perishable foods to help those in need this holiday season, and did in force. A donation was made from the Cleveland metal community to the Cleveland Foodbank and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel.

This year’s donation totals were as follows: 2,159 lbs. of food collected (1,825 lbs. for the Cleveland Foodbank and 334 lbs. for the Friends Of The Cleveland Kennel) and $872.76 of cash collected ($391.39 for the Cleveland Foodbank and $481.38 for the Friends Of The Cleveland Kennel).

Impressive. Most impressive. I’m proud of you, Cleveland.

“The support from the Cleveland metal community is unprecedented and unbelieveably amazing!,” says festival organizer, Auburn Records president and WJCU “Metal On Metal” host Bill Peters.

“We completely shattered last year’s totals, which were over triple the amount we had collected in 2009. I did not think it was possible, especially considering the difficult economic times we are still experiencing in this region. We’ve taken this event to a whole new level. Our food donations increased significantly by 72% and our cash donations increased by an astounding 310%! We filled two vans and three large containers at the Foodbank with food. Cash donations were received both at the concert and online from fans and radio listeners as far away as Germany and England. The club was at full capacity with close to 500 in attendance and the bar had record sales, selling completely out of alcohol by the end of the night! It was our biggest turnout yet.”

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