Dutch Bros. coffee raises $15K for Boone Bartlome

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - Coffee lovers love Boone.

Dutch Bros. in Meridian said Tuesday that its four locations raised nearly $15,000 for Boone Bartlome, the Kuna High School football player who broke his neck on a running play against Bishop Kelly.

The coffee huts says it raised $14,898 on Monday after donating all proceeds from its medium-sized drinks.

"We want to send out a heartfelt thank you to the entire Treasure Valley community for your love and generosity," the company said.

Kuna Head Football Coach Lee Leslie told KBOI 2News Monday that Boone was finally able to eat mash potatoes and gravy. Before that, his throat was in so much pain he wasn't even able to swallow ice chips.

Even employees for Dutch Bros. were blown away by the number of people. Some said it was the most customers they've seen since opening day. When drinks are given away for free.

Some employees even volunteered to come in and help on their days off, including Makayla Apostolou, who is a senior at Kuna High.

"Everyone is just so supportive it's all over Twitter, Facebook," said Apostolou. "It just amazes me how fast it has gotten around. How many people are willing to support him that's awesome."