Tuesday marked the recent trend of charitable donation drives at the start of the Christmas season, a social media campaign commonly known as #GivingTuesday, with several Johnson County agencies participating.
The Johnson County Animal Shelter, for one, announced it had raised $2,350 online via Facebook and PayPal, with others sending checks by mail that have yet to be tallied. Facebook announced prior that up to $250,000 per nonprofit and up to $7 million total would be matched across all nonprofits on Giving Tuesday, though the animal shelter has yet to announce any matching funds being distributed.
Big Sandy Community and Technical College also announced a Giving Tuesday fundraiser for its Student Emergency Fund, a contingency fund for students who encounter unforeseen financial hardships that might otherwise force them to discontinue their education. A total of 85 donors contributed $2,521, which will be matched for a more than $5,000 total contribution to the fund.
The CoffeeHouse on Main Street in Paintsville also took the opportunity to remind customers about the donation box available in partnership with Hands and Feet Ministry of Staffordsville, collecting new or gently used coats for students in Johnson County. This week, Hands and Feet announced the box had been filled, with donations taken to Family Resource Youth Service Centers across the county, but has been set out again to accept more donations. Coat donors receive 20 percent off their purchase.
The Johnson County Animal Shelter will also open its continuing “Angel Tree” donation drive through the Christmas season, with ornaments set out on a tree at Tractor Supply and a box available for the animals’ needs.