Local Non-profits promote "Giving Tuesday" - Tucson News Now

Local Non-profits promote "Giving Tuesday"

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The days after Thanksgiving have turned into speciality days. There's "Gray Thursday", "Black Friday", "Small Business Saturday", "Cyber Monday" and now you can add "Giving Tuesday".

This day is all about giving back to the community. Local non-profits are getting into the sprit by asking the community to donate. The Tucson Wildlife Center on the east-side near Houghton and Speedway took part in "Giving Tuesday". They posted on their facebook and webpage, that they received an anonymous donation of $10,000. The plan is to match it and turn the ten into $20,000. So far they have received another $5,200 in donations.

The Tucson Wildlife Center began back in 1998, they became a non-profit in 2000. Their goal is to rescue, rehab and release wildlife animals back into the wild. Currently they have more than 60 animals that they are caring for.

"When the center started we had helped an average of 300 animals a year and were almost up to 800 animals a year that are able to be released back into the wild, the mission is important for us to get the word out there," said Sheila Chonis, Tucson Wildlife Center Development Director.

The Southern Arizona United Way also took part in "Giving Tuesday". They have already begun their annual giving campaign. But it's never to soon or to late to give.

"We need folks to give a great gift, give a sacrificial gift, it would really mean something great and the opportunity to transform the life of kids, families and seniors throughout the community," said Tony Penn President & CEO United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona.

If you would like to give on "Giving Tuesday" or any other day click on the links below.

http://tucsonwildlife.com/

http://www.unitedwaytucson.org/

http://givingtuesday.org/

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