Giving Tuesday is back, lending a helping hand to local non-profits

SALISBURY, Md.- ‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to give back than to lend a helping hand to local non-profits on this Giving Tuesday!

“Giving Tuesday is designed to do, is to give back to those organizations to transform their communities and so by giving to us you’re helping us to transform our community,” Anthony Dickerson, the Executive Director of the Christian Shelter, said.

Giving Tuesday is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It’s a way for people to give donations to non-profits. Here in Salisbury, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore makes that easy with their online campaign, The Shore Gives More.

“It’s a one-stop shop for local people to contribute to their favorite non-profits,” Erica Joseph, the Community Foundation President, said.

This is the foundation’s 7th year hosting the campaign, and this time around they’re featuring a record-breaking 121 nonprofits.

“Each and every year we work with each organization and donors can rest assured that each one has been vetted by the Community Foundation and those dollars make an impact here locally,” Joseph said.

If you go on the website, you’ll be able to pick who to donate to. There, you’ll find organizations like the Christian Shelter, who helps those who are facing homelessness.

“The mission is to administer to the physical and emotional and spiritual needs who are in crisis,” Dickerson said.

The Executive Director told us the money from Giving Tuesday will go a long way.

“So, now we are looking to do our refrigerator, and our freezer, but the thing is we can’t just do the refrigerator and freezer was have to complete the infrastructure and so we did an estimate and it’s going to cost us well over a $100,000,” Dickerson said.

Another, non-profit you’ll find on the site is Operation We Care, who supports and sends care packages to our military, law enforcement, and fire departments.

“So, we will probably take the funds and divide them between the postage for the care packaged which is annually about $40,000 for us,” Jeff Merritt, founder of Operation We Care, said.

And, with the challenge of overcoming pandemic problems donating money locally can make a difference.

“If you donate to Giving Tuesday to a local nonprofit just like when you go out and shop local, at local businesses that money stays locally and that’s important cause as we all know there’s a lot of need out there,” Merritt said.

Last year, the total raised for the Lower Shore’s Giving Tuesday was over $269,000.

The Community Foundation hopes to see that number rise this year and they are optimistic that it will be done.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to donate and you can go to www.shoregivesmore.org to make it happen.

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