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Local charities getting help through 'Giving Tuesday Now'

Giving Tuesday Now aims to help local charities
Posted at 5:33 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 18:42:03-04

Giving Tuesday came early this year. The day normally falls after Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but because of the pandemic many charities are struggling. It's a way to ease the financial burden, so charities can continue doing their work.

"Fundraisers have been canceled," Renee Menard with Family Promise of Acadiana said. "There are extra needs going on right now."

The organization shelter's families who are homeless and help them get back on their feet. However, two of their biggest events that support those services had to be canceled. "Those events keep our program running for almost six months," Menard said. "Half of our fund for this year we've lost at this point."

She added, "Our homeless families in this area need a home right now to stay at for the Stay At Home Order. Shelters are very important . We're also looking at after the eviction stay is pushed away. We're going to have a lot of people who've been out of work who are unable to pay their bills."

They're asking anyone who can, to make a donation. Tuesday the group didn't have have to look too far for help. Right across from their donation pick up employees with the company Share Care USA raised money with a dart tournament.

"We are very blessed to be able to still continue to work and have our doors open," Joy Miguez with Share Care USA said. "It's just another way of giving back to our community."

Menard added, "Days like today are extremely important for small non profits like us."

Family Promise of Acadiana is still accepting donations, click here if you'd like to make a donation.

To learn more about Giving Tuesday Now click here.

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