By Jackie Nelson
The day after Cyber Monday has now become Giving Tuesday. The Hesston Community Foundation hosted a first-ever Giving Tuesday event at Hesston Public Library Dec. 2.
The Giving Tuesday event brought in over $3,000 to benefit local non-profit organizations.
“Our total was $3,470, which will have an impact of over $10,000 because of our matching opportunity. All gifts are matched 3 to 1. Give $100 and it becomes $300 through local support and the GROW II funds through the Kansas Health Foundation,” said Hesston Community Foundation Director and event coordinator Susan Lamb.
The Giving Tuesday event grew from a national trend of donating after two of the biggest shopping days of the year.
“I read about Giving Tuesday last year and found it intriguing. Our board of directors was supportive in introducing it to the community this year, and it was very successful. We are very pleased with the outcome and will be hosting it again next year,” said Lamb.
Families from across the community came to the Library to ensure the future of local non-profit agencies benefiting residents.
“Seeing a number of parents bring children along to model the importance of stewardship was very gratifying,” said Lamb.
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