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‘Tis the season of #GivingTuesday

“It’s better to give than to receive,” said every parent that ever lived.

Today is the National Day of Giving, more popularly known as #GivingTuesday. It is a day we are asked to consider giving to charity or making a tax deductible donation to a local non-profit organization.

#GivingTuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in New York City, in an effort to return the focus of the holiday season to one of charity and giving.

It’s a movement fueled by social media as people use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to call attention to the many organizations and charities around the world doing good things for the people in their communities and reminding people that the holiday season is a good time to make a tax deductible donation to these organizations and charities.

I’d like to take this opportunity to make a plug for three of my favorite local non-profits for this year’s #GivingTuesday.

1) Dog Gone Rescue, Inc. — Janel McLain started the rescue in 2011 and since then has worked tirelessly to find loving forever homes for abandoned or neglected dogs, and the occasional cat as well. Janel also builds dog houses to donate to families in need — she’s always looking for volunteers to build the dog houses with supplies she furnishes.

Dog Gone Rescue is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of community members and raises the majority of its money through fundraisers and donations.

Janel is always in need of pet and cleaning supplies, but donations help cover vet bills and fund the organizations spay and neuter fund which helps local pet owners who need assistance with the costs of spaying and neutering their animals.

For more information about Dog Gone Rescue, Inc., visit doggonerescue.com or find it on Facebook.

2) Creston Animal Rescue Effort — CARE was founded in 1998 and operates out of the Creston city pound. The mission of CARE is to find loving homes for abused and neglected animals in and around Creston.

CARE operates solely on money raised through fundraisers and by donations from community members. Pet supplies and cleaning products are always accepted and appreciated as well.

Find CARE on Facebook by typing in Creston Animal Rescue Effort.

3) Gibson Memorial Library capital campaign — Last April, the library pursued a DEKKO grant to put toward expansion facilities and was awarded $500,000. To get the grant, the library needs to show DEKKO that it has the community support for the expansion project by pledging and donating $250,000, which DEKKO will match, to the project before April 2019. If the library can raise that first $250,000, they can receive the full grant.

Happily, they are within $10,000 of meeting that goal! The DEKKO grant will put the library about halfway to its final goal of $2.9 million.

A little bit of me dies every time I hear someone say that libraries are obsolete.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. A thriving library is, in my opinion, the heart of a community. It provides a community with more than reading material on nearly any topic on Earth. It provides a quiet, temporary escape from reality. Libraries have free wifi, so people who can’t afford the internet at home have a place to access it, allowing them to do research, apply for jobs, take a class or learn how to bake a quiche.

Library Director David Hargrove and the ladies at the library do a fantastic job organizing and facilitating programming for children, teens and adults. With an expanded space, they would be able to do more of that programming and provide space for other community based events.

To make a donation to the Gibson Memorial Library capital campaign, visit creston.lib.ia.us/capitalcampaign and click the green donate button on the top right corner.

These are the three charities I would choose to donate to because their missions and values are near and dear to my heart.

While it would be great if you donated to Dog Gone Rescue, CARE or the library’s capital campaign, I would like to ask you all to include your favorite non-profit organization or charity on your gift list this year, not only today on the The National Day of Giving, but every day. Your donations are tax deductible, but more than that, it just feels good to give to something you believe in.

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