’Tis the season for giving thanks and giving gifts.

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

As people are out shopping for friends and family, they are being asked to remember charitable giving to nonprofit organizations that support the people of this community and county during Giving Tuesday.

The public is encouraged to go to the event between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Wall Family Center, 2605 Main St., and donate to the nonprofit(s) of their choice. There is no minimum donation required. Every dollar counts and is appreciated.

Some participating organizations will have representatives at the site who will have information available for donors and answer questions on how donations are used.

Donors can give in a variety of ways.

Donations can be made directly to the organizations to help with immediate needs.

Those who give also have the chance for their donation to be partially matched during the Parsons Area Community Foundation’s second annual Match Day on Giving Tuesday.

The $33,000 match pool provided by the PACF will give a 50 percent match for the first $6,000 of donations given to each participating organization’s endowment fund, helping to build those funds.

One hundred percent of the giver’s donation, plus the match amount, will be placed in the organization’s endowment fund.

To establish an endowed fund and join the group of participating organizations, a minimum $5,000 initial contribution is necessary. This amount, however, may be requested to be returned to the organization once outside contributions, along with the matching funds received from PACF, meet or exceed that initial contribution. All contributions from donors remain in the organization’s permanent fund for the benefit of that organization. Only the interest from that fund is distributed each year. Another term for an endowed fund is a perpetual fund. It continues to give year after year to help that organization remain viable over time.

Participating organizations include the endowments for Curious Minds Discovery Zone, Katy Days, Labette Community College athletics, Parsons Arboretum Foundation, Parsons Education Foundation, Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, Southeast Kansas Respite, First Baptist Church of Parsons, Labette Assistance Center, Labette Health Foundation, Parsons Area Community Foundation, Parsons Senior Center and Proud Animal Lovers Shelter.

There will be additional monetary incentives given to the organizations receiving the greatest amount in gifts, as well as the greatest number of contributions.

Cash, credit cards and checks made payable to the PACF will be deposited into the PACF endowed fund. Donations are tax deductible.

Anyone who can’t make it to the event can donate online at pacfgivingtuesday.com or mail a check with a completed donation form to PACF, P.O. Box 894, Parsons, KS 67357. Envelopes must be postmarked by Nov. 28 to be eligible for the match.

More information can be found at parsonsareacf.org.

Last year, donations of more than $90,000 were raised to help nonprofits in and around Parsons. These organizations are reliant on charitable giving annually to remain viable.

Everyone is invited to join in the festivities, make a donation and to take a “selfie,” or in this case an “unselfie,” to show their charitable side.

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