Giving Tuesday helps local children and families

Shoppers spent an estimated $12.2 billion on Black Friday, and just short of $3 billion was spent on Cyber Monday. Many people are going from shopping to giving. Giving Tuesday is bringing people in our area to Kygives.org. That giving is impacting children in our area.

Sunrise Children’s Services provides a safe place to sleep for kids in our area. I had the chance to meet a toddler that was taken from her home because she was neglected. Viva Carter, a foster parent of 15 years, says she was excited to get the call and welcome the little girl into her home. “Every day that you have them is an opportunity to plant seeds and to give them nurturing,” Carver said.

Carver says, financially, Sunrise Children’s Services make it possible. She says it’s not her only source of income, but it helps get the little girl what she needs.

Phil Justice is in charge of raising money for the organization as the senior director of philanthropy. He says Sunrise is the largest private children’s service center in Kentucky. He added that 65 percent of the organization is funded by the government. They need about $7.5 million more a year.

Without donations, Justice says “the number of children that we take care of on a daily basis would drop drastically.” He added that more than 870 are cared for state wide by Sunrise, but here in the Purchase Area more than 50 families benefit from your giving.

Justice says he believes in the Golden Rule, and that’s what keeps him going.

You can head to givingtuesday.razoo.com and select your state and location to find opportunities to give or, for bigger organizations, you can go to charitynavigator.com.

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