In the wake of a pandemic, Colorado showed up in a big way.

I think we can all say that 2020 was a rough year. The pandemic was something that touched all of us in some way or another. We could have all just taken the year to focus on ourselves, but we didn't. In fact, we opened up our hearts more during the pandemic.

Colorado's charitable giving increased 52 percent last year.

Yep. In a year that took so much from us, we continued to give. We chose to take care of others, knowing that there were people who needed help more than we did. I don't know about you, but that hits me right in the feels and gives me all of the warm fuzzies.

That number came from a survey conducted by Top Data. Not only did they find that there was an increase in donations in 40 states, they also found that the average adult donated about $608 throughout the year. Across the board, that's an increase in 16 percent from 2019. Many also reported that they used their stimulus check to help others.

Colorado was in the top 10 percentage-wise when it came to giving more in 2020. Idaho led the way with a whopping 153 percent increase with Wyoming and Montana following with 103 percent and 82 percent, respectively. Others in the top 10 include Utah, Oregon, Ohio, Hawaii, Alabama and Louisiana. Colorado was number 10 on the list.

As we move forward in a new year, let's continue to take care of each other.

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