Giving Tuesday encourages people to give back to their communities

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - From food banks to museums and everything in between, Grand Island non-profits are all about supporting the community and they often rely on donations to make that happen.

Giving Tuesday shifts the holiday season from a time to buy, to a time to share. It's a yearly movement urging you to give a little of what you have to help someone else (SOURCE: KOLN).

"Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to give the organizations that mean the most to you a Christmas gift," Lorinda Brown, a Vista with the Grand Island Community Foundation, told Local4 News. "This year 2019 Black Friday online sales hosted out at $7.4 billion. A fraction of that giving within the community would make a huge impact."

One group that relies pretty heavily on community donations and grants is Grand Island's Multicultural Coalition. They help immigrants learn English and get on the right path to citizenship. They say any amount donation can be very helpful.

"One of our missions is to educate the public about what we do and the immigration system," Guadalupe Ayala, the group's Executive Assistant with the Multicultural Coalition, said. "A monthly gift of $10 can help us to provide for immigration presentations."

When you make donations locally you're helping your neighbors and keeping that money in your community. So before you close your checkbooks for the last time this year consider donating to your local non profits.