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Giving Tuesday campaign hopes to raise $8 million for Charlotte non-profits

People in line at Crisis Assistance Ministry in August2015. Many people were seeking help with their utility bills after months of hotter than normal temperature in Charlotte. The ministry is among 174 organizations that are part of the #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign.
People in line at Crisis Assistance Ministry in August2015. Many people were seeking help with their utility bills after months of hotter than normal temperature in Charlotte. The ministry is among 174 organizations that are part of the #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

More than 170 Charlotte nonprofit organizations hope you’ll pause from the holiday rush to give of your time and treasure as part of Giving Tuesday.

The actual “Giving Tuesday” is Nov. 29, but fund raising is well underway.

The two-week #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign hopes to collect $8 million for 174 organizations. They ask that you donate money to them and pledge your volunteer time at https://sharecharlotte.org/givingtuesdayclt/give.

The global day of helping those in need started in 2012.

“It’s all about rallying the city, and bringing us together for good, all good, just good,” Kelly Brooks, founder of SHARE Charlotte, told Observer news partner WBTV. SHARE Charlotte leads the local Giving Tuesday effort.

“We need some goodness in our town, and this is the perfect opportunity,” Brooks said. “We’ve got two weeks with all different constituents around the city coming together around good.”

All donations go straight to the organization of the donor’s choice.

Brooks, who lives in south Charlotte, founded SHARE Charlotte after being a stay-at-home mom for nine years. “I think (Charlotte has) always been a big giving community,” Brooks told the Observer last year. “The goal is to find more ways that people can engage in the way they want. If you can engage on any level in the community where you live, you ultimately are more invested in the community.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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