Giv­ing Tues­day cam­paign helps non­prof­its

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

ELK­TON

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Af­ter the hus­tle of Black Fri­day and Small Busi­ness Satur­day and the busy­ness of Cy­ber Mon­day comes the gen­tler gift­ing trend: Giv­ing Tues­day.

Ce­cil County non­prof­its are join­ing the move­ment aimed at mak­ing do­na­tions to worth­while or­ga­ni­za­tions as a gift-giv­ing al­ter­na­tive.

“Giv­ing Tues­day is when peo­ple are in­vited to give back to or­ga­ni­za­tions that mean some­thing to them,” said Cody Palmer, of Sandy Cove, a Chris­tian re­treat, con­fer­ence cen­ter and camp­ground near North East.

Dawn Cowhey, from Ch­e­sa­peake Fe­line As­so­ci­a­tion, said the an­i­mal wel­fare group will try again this year to raise funds with Giv­ing Tues­day.

“We posted on our Face­book and web­site last year and re­ceived dis­mal re­sponses,” Cowhey said via email.

Sandy Cove, on the other hand, had re­mark­able suc­cess, Palmer said.

“This will be our third year. We raised $15,000 for Sandy Cove last year,” he said of the cam­paign launched through their web­site and so­cial me­dia plat­forms. “It’s a big day to con­nect on­line.”

Those who choose to do­nate to Ch­e­sa­peake Fe­line As­so­ci­a­tion this year should know that money would go to good use, Cowhey said.

“All do­na­tions would be used for care and med­i­cal treat- ment of fe­lines in our care,” she said. “We would also use any do­na­tions to help peo­ple within Ce­cil County de­fer the costs for spay­ing and neu­ter­ing of feral or owned cats.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Giv­ing Tues­day web­site, the move­ment be­gan five years ago as a way to sup­port com­mu­nity char­i­ties.

#Giv­ingTues­day kicks off the char­i­ta­ble sea­son, when many fo­cus on their hol­i­day and end-of-year giv­ing,” the web­site reads.

While con­tri­bu­tions help with the tax obli­ga­tions by low­er­ing the amount of money due, Giv­ing Tues­day of­fers al­ter­na­tive gift ideas in do­nat­ing to ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions in the name of your gift re­cip­i­ent rather than gift cards, knick knacks and pot­ted poin­set­tias.

The Anthony E. Wey­mouth Foun­da­tion, which op­er­ates The Woods Place, a re­treat and ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter near North East, is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in Giv­ing Tues­day. Bill Ma­chold, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, said any do­na­tions would be used to pro­vide such things as skills work­shops.

“We would be spon­sor­ing a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties; per­sonal im­prove­ment, par­ent­ing skills, yoga,” Ma­chold said of the types of pro­grams of­fered.

The foun­da­tion is also pre­par­ing to pub­lish self-help ma­te­ri­als.

Even if a fa­vorite char­ity is not regis­tered with the Giv­ing Tues­day web­site, do­na­tions can cer­tainly be made. Many or­ga­ni­za­tions will pro­vide a gift card you can present or will mail the card on your be­half.

Other par­tic­i­pat­ing groups, ac­cord­ing to the Giv­ing Tues­day web­site, in­clude S.T.E.P.S. Re­cov­ery Re­sources Inc. and Meet­ing Ground. April Foster, direc­tor of S.T.E.P.S., said any do­na­tions the group re­ceives would go to­ward ad­dic­tion and drug ed­u­ca­tion.

“We want to con­tinue get­ting in­for­ma­tion out to the pub­lic about treat­ment and re­duc­ing the stigma,” Foster said.

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