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Today is Giving Tuesday

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 We had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday... now comes Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to supporting charities nationwide.

There are several ways to give back that will benefit people and groups right here in the Local 6 area.

One of the biggest needs during the holiday season, and throughout the year, is at food banks and kitchens. There are two food drives happening Tuesday and through the month of December in both western Kentucky and southern Illinois. First, you can help Baptist Health Paducah "Stuff the Truck". They ask you to bring canned goods and other nonperishable foods to the Health Imaging parking lot today between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The food will be donated to Paducah Power's Christmas in the Park project for food pantries at The Salvation Army, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Paducah Cooperative Ministry.

You can also donate canned or nonperishable foods at any Banterra Bank location. It's their second community food drive. Donations aren't just accepted Tuesday, but through December 31.

Banterra Bank is also trying to raise awareness for the need of foster parents in southern Illinois. To help provide children placed in shelters, they're raising money to purchase gifts for them. You can join the effort by making a donation at any southern Illinois Banterra Bank location between now and December 13.

And don't forget our Spirit of Giving Toy Drive! It's our effort, along with Regions Bank, to make sure children in need open a present Christmas morning. You can continue to step up and help by dropping off unwrapped toys at Regions Bank locations. Some of our Local 6 employees swung by Monday to pick up what's been dropped off so far. Organizers say every gift helps.

"It's a warm feeling. Of course, all our employees, we bring toys, we contribute to it also," says Donna Thompson from Regions Bank. "The community, we thank them when they bring the toys in and it's nice to see. We've always had bicycles brought in, they bring a great variety of toys and it makes us feel very good."

Through December 19, just pick up an extra toy while you shop. You can drop it off at your nearest Regions Bank.

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