Today, is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. In July 2019, Giving Tuesday spun out into its own organization, led by Giving Tuesday co-founder, Asha Curran, as its CEO.
It is a pretty cool idea, especially at this time of the year, when our hearts and minds turn to giving to others. It is always good to think about other people and places that could use donations. The concept is good.
If you spend any time at all on Facebook on Tuesday, you will see one ad after another, asking you to support this cause or organization. That is fine. You can certainly do that.
But here is my thought, what if we supported local instead of giving to all those other places. Certainly, many of them do great works and deserve to be supported. But, we have so many organizations at home that are trying just as hard to make a difference and desperately need funds.
Goodfellows is a great place to start. This organization has, for many years, made sure that everyone in need in Terry County has a great Christmas complete with gifts and food. Last year, the need was great and we know that this year, there will be even more in need. Monetary donations can be made at City Hall or the Terry County Law Enforcement Center.
The United Fund (not associated with the United Way) really needs your help and this is a great way to support many organizations around the community. This organization divides its money between Pak Pals, Terry County Senior Center, ACES, Our Promise Youth Academy, Child Welfare and Goodfellows. You may donate to this group at Lone Star State Bank, in care of Kathy Burns.
The Terry County Cemetery Association really needs your help. This organization is responsible for the upkeep of the Terry County Cemetery, Brownfield Cemetery and Mt. Zion Cemetery. They catch a lot of flak for various things, but the truth is, this board has very limited funds and are more than happy to accept your donations. This can be done through the Terry County Treasurer’s Office in the Courthouse.
The Terry County Heritage Museum is also in need of donations. This group does a great job of trying to preserve our history and they do this with limited funds. A donation to the museum could go a long way in making sure our children know our history here in Terry County. Donations can be made at P.O. Box 1063 Brownfield
Any of the organizations listed in the groups the United Fund serve would welcome your help. They all provide such a great service for our community.
Lastly, support your local church. A church is a church, for sure, but they also have bills to pay to continue to operate. We are commanded to tithe to God’s church. A tenth of our income should always be set aside to do God’s work in your community.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap! The amount you give will determine the blessing you will get back.” Luke 6:38
Give on this Giving Tuesday! But be sure your giving begins at home!