Giving Tuesday Lubbock preliminary count nears $200,000 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Giving Tuesday Lubbock preliminary count nears $200,000

Source: Ashlyn Tubbs Source: Ashlyn Tubbs
Source: Ashlyn Tubbs Source: Ashlyn Tubbs
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a day to focus on generosity and donations to local charities.

A Giving Tuesday Lubbock campaign had volunteers stationed at all nine United Supermarkets locations to collect money that will benefit 73 charities.

So far, they have counted nearly $199,000, which is $25,000 more than their original goal.

Melisa Dudley and Cassie Johnston know how these donations impact nonprofits like theirs, called Alstrom Angels, as they search for a cure for Cassie's 8-year-old daughter's disease.

"This is a collaborative effort," Johnston said. "Everyone who makes Lubbock great makes it even better."

Sallie Morris is the cofounder of Morris Safe House, a no kill facility that has rehomed 4,500 fully vetted dogs since 2008. She is relieved that some of the Giving Tuesday donations will help her with her nonprofit's expenses.

"They're the innocent little victims of our society," Morris said. "They have no control of where they're going, what's going to happen to them or where they'll end up."

To Julie Lackey, this support means more resources for an after school program, the Boys and Girls Club, where she has volunteered for seven years after she retired as a teacher.

"It's a fun place to come where they belong, where they're safe and loved," Lackey said, "and they can stay from 3:30 to 7 p.m."

Diana Henderson and Becky Critz both work for High Point Village to help special needs children and adults learn life skills. They say there is never a bad day at their facility because their students are so loving and genuine. They keep tuition cheap through grants and donations.

"That's why Giving Tuesday is go important to us," Henderson said, "and everything stays here locally."

That's why Michael Voelcker's time means so much to them all, as a volunteer with Wellington State Bank. The bank that agreed to donate $5 for every $20 dollars the Giving Tuesday Lubbock campaign raised.

"I think it important to be involved in the community and give back, especially this time of year," Voelcker said. "This is the season for giving and being thankful, and to show everyone in the community that it helps to give back to people who are less fortunate."

For anyone who did not get chance to give back, there is still an option to help these charities by donating at http://www.givingtuesdaylbk.org/donate-here.html

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