After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s Giving Tuesday. It’s an annual day encouraging you to give to those in need. Two Lafayette organizations are hoping the day will give them essential gifts to the people who they serve.
“Faith house is a domestic violence crisis shelter. We help those fleeing from domestic violence. Men, women, and children. We have a shelter that houses 10 different families, ” Nicole Lopez with Faith House said.
Faith house hopes people will donate to them this Giving Tuesday. They will use any donations to help house, feed, and clothe families in their shelter.
“It does take $75 a day per person in our emergency shelter,” Lopez said. “Our emergency shelter stays full. Currently, we have over 40 people in our shelter so every little bit helps. No matter if it’s $5 or $500.”
Moncus Park is also participating in Giving Tuesday. Park planners hope to get funds to help pay for construction.
“The park is completely 100 percent donor funded,” Executive Director of Moncus Park Elizabeth Brooks said.
“The city bought the property so it was paid for with tax dollars, but everything that’s going on with construction is completely private donations. That’s why Giving Tuesday is so important to us.”
Right now, the first phase of construction is underway. Crews are building walking paths, a pond, and a kayak launch.
That work is expected to be finished next summer, with the second phase starting shortly after.
“It’s important that we bring these kinds of amenities to our communities,” Brooks said. “So that we can be very competitive and make sure people want to live here for generations to come.”
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