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Hoisington featured in international Giving Tuesday video
Donations still being accepted for 2019 campaign
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Golden Belt Community Foundation staff Teresa Mazouch, Christy Tustin, Mackenzie Matavosky and Linda Chisholm open some of the Giving Tuesday boxes that arrived from area locations on Dec. 3. The GBCF office will continue to accept 2019 Giving Tuesday donations until Friday afternoon. - photo by Susan Thacker

A video taken by the Golden Belt Community Foundation during a Hoisington Chamber Coffee is being seen around the world, GBCF Executive Director Christy Tustin said. It was released on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the official #GivingTuesday holiday.

The video, which is just under 3 minutes long, features Giving Tuesday partners from community campaigns throughout the world. Everyone was given the same line to say, “It’s Giving Tuesday; what will you give today?” It can be seen online at

The Hoisington segment is about 5 seconds into the video and is identified as being from Kansas. (It’s the only Kansas group included, Tustin said.) There are two dozen speakers in the Hoisington Chamber meeting room, where the word “Hoisington” is clearly visible on the wall.

“A lot of people don’t realize Giving Tuesday is worldwide,” Tustin said. “It’s like New Year’s Eve,” she added, explaining it is now possible to watch the celebration taking place throughout different time zones as the day progresses.

Great Charity Giveaway

Locally, the effect of Giving Tuesday won’t be known until later this month. In fact, donations that are made online or arrive at the GBCF office by the end of the business day on Friday, Dec. 6, will also count toward Giving Tuesday 2019. The office is located at 1307 Williams St. in Great Bend and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Online donations can be made at

There are 90 organizations or funds eligible to receive donations this year.

The results will be announced at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee on Thursday, Dec. 19. That event is also known as the Great Charity Giveback. GBCF will announce the top 10 organizations that received gifts and will award matching funds.

That will also be the day Tustin and crew announce the Most Generous Community, a new contest for 2019. The community in the foundation’s four-county service area that contributes the most, per capita, will be proclaimed the winner of the 2019 Most Generous Community award. The winner will receive a $2,000 grant to support a community program or project. GBCF serves Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties.