The new year brings a new opportunity to reach out and help others. For one local business, it's become a holiday tradition.

For 28 years Kaladi Brothers Coffee has donated their proceeds on New Year's Day to a local charity that in some way benefits children. The event, named the Dale Tran New Year's Day of Giving after the company's late chief financial officer, has grown every year to include business sponsors who also contribute.

Staff at Kaladi's pick the charity, which this year is Covenant House. Covenant House President Alison Kear said the money will go to Covey Cafe, a new job training program and cafe inside Covenant House where young people can learn the skills to become a barista. Kear said the money would be put to good use.

"This will allow us to continue to be able to order supplies and pay the young people and keep it in operation," Kear said.

Kaladi Brothers' president, Tim Gravel, said he's proud of the tradition of giving.

"Kaladi is a catalyst for community, and it's just a way to start the year outright," he said.

Gravel expected coffee sales and corporate sponsors to raise $65,000 for Covenant House, but said the final figure would be available in a few days.

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