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Giving Tuesday redux starts now
GBCF accepting #GivingTuesdayNow donations
giving again

Most years, Giving Tuesday is observed in November – on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – as a time celebrate generosity and to give.

This is not most years.

The Golden Belt Community Foundation is letting people know about #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation is accepting donations this week for 27 local nonprofit organizations that could use some help with COVID relief.

“Giving Tuesday Now is a smaller version of Giving Tuesday,” said Mackenzie Mitchell, community development coordinator at the foundation. It starts Tuesday, May 5, but it will continue for a full week, through May 12.

That gives people more time to come together and to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement and philanthropy, Mitchell said. In fact, the Golden Belt Community Foundation has already received some donations via its website

With mass gatherings limited and many Kansans under a stay-at-home order for the past month, GBCF wasn’t able to plan face-to-face events as it does in November. But those who donated to Giving Tuesday in 2019 were mailed a giving form and a red paper heart with the slogan, “Together We Give.” People are encouraged to post the hearts in windows. They can also watch the GBCF Facebook page for an online contest.

As with the global Giving Tuesday Now campaign, people are encouraged to engage in acts of giving even if they can’t give financially. Suggestions include donating time or mailing a card to an elderly person, Mitchell said.

However, monetary donations will help nonprofit organizations that are responding to needs created by the pandemic, from unemployment to food shortages and more. And, all monetary donations made for Giving Tuesday Now will be matched proportionally with a $10,000 match pool, which was generously provided by the Glenn and Elaine Mull Family Fund.

Donations can be made online or mailed to GBCF, P.O. Box 1911, Great Bend, KS 67530.

Donations are being accepted for:

Barton County Emergency Aid

Catholic Charities of SW Kansas

Center for Counseling and Consultation

Central Kansas Dream Center

Clara Barton Hospital Foundation

Christian Church Food Bank of Macksville

Community Food Bank of Barton County

Community Food Pantry (Rozel & Burdett)

ElderCare Inc.

Ellinwood Food Bank

Ellinwood Hospital Foundation

Family Crisis Center Inc.

GBCF Disaster Relief Fund

Hoisington Food Bank

Meals on Wheels of Barton County

Pawnee County Ministerial Alliance/Helping Hands Ministries

Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation

RSVP Volunteers in Action of Central Kansas

Rush County Memorial Hospital Foundation

Rush County Food Bank

Rush County Ministerial Alliance

Second Mile Food Bank (St. John )

Stafford County Health Care Foundation

Stafford Ministerial Alliance Food Bank

The Salvation Army

United Way of Central Kansas

Welcome Inn Leisure Center (Larned)