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Giving Tuesday aims to help groups in need

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It is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season.

1 billion dollars has been raised over the past seven years just in the U.S. alone, according to the GivingTuesday organization.

Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials help with jobs, housing and education and said the money from Giving Tuesday will go a long way.

Due to state funding being designated for specific programs, officials add donations help fill the gaps for extra supplies clients may need.

"Many times when people come in the grant may say, we have the ability to assist them with scrubs but along with that they may need additional shoes, to go with the scrubs, a full outfit, so these types of additional funds with help us expand these services for our clients," Executive Director Tamitha Ague said.

Money raised will also be put toward hiring more staff and updating all the Two Rivers offices located in the four counties they serve including Adams, Pike, Brown and Schuyler.

Chaddock in Quincy, which helps kids in foster care and those who have gone through traumatic experiences are also taking part in Giving Tuesday.

Outreach Coordinator Shawna Bunnell said their funding helps with housing and operational cost, which can make it hard to provide extra for the children. Donations from Giving Tuesday will help them buy Christmas gifts for the 400 kids they serve.

"We strive every day to make sure our children feel loved and special and provided for," Bunnell said. "Christmas is a special time of year and just like I provide for my kids, nieces, and nephews, these kids are no different. They belong to us, they belong to god."

Giving Tuesday Links
Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials
Chaddock

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