A local coffee company raised over $48,000 on New Year's Day for Covenant House Alaska, a shelter for homeless teens.

The money will help young people learn how to become baristas through a new job training program and cafe called Covey Cafe, according to Covenant House President Alison Kear.

For the past 28 years Kaladi Brothers Coffee has donated the proceeds from drink sales on Jan. 1 to charity, and employees donate their time.

Kalai Brothers' Seth Stetson says $16,000 were raised in coffee sales on the first of the year. There are also a couple of other ways to donate. Covenant House Alaska will benefit from the sales of a coffee blend named after them, and proceeds from a "Dale Tran New Year's Day of Giving" mug will also go to the homeless teen shelter. Dale Tran is the company's late chief financial officer.

Support also came from local businesses including First National Bank Alaska, GCI, TOTE Maritime Alaska, CIRI, JL Properties, Alaska Waste, South Restaurant, Spenard Roadhouse and Snow City.

This year's total is down from last year's $60,000, according to Stetson.

Editor's note: GCI is the parent company of KTVA.

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