McCook residents step up to challenge of Big Give McCook

Friday, November 10, 2017

By any measurement, the Big Give concept is an unqualified success.

It’s appropriate to head into the Thanksgiving season by taking stock of our blessings, thinking about those we could help, and doing something about it.

Thursday’s Big Give, which brought in $110,865 from 655 donations, and counting, offered just that opportunity.

Part of its success can probably be attributed to the shift from a national organization and overhead, to the local Community Chest, where most of us rub elbows with someone associated with the charities it benefits — if we’re not part of the charities personally.

We’d speculate that each of the charities will probably benefit more from the Big Give than they would from individual fund drives.

Even if that is not true, the charitable emphasis that the Big Give provides cannot help but benefit all of the organizations in an efficient manner.

Congratulations to co-organizers Lisa Felker and Melissa Stritt and all the other volunteers that helped create what publicist Ronda Graff described as a “culture of giving” on page one today, as well as businesses and organizations that provided matching funds during various “power hours” at the giving stations.

As a reminder, the non-profits involved this year included the Community Chest and its agencies: Adult Basic Education, Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Services, Ed Thomas YMCA, Family Resource Center, Live Y’ers, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Prairie Plains CASA, Salvation Army and TeamMates Mentoring Program. Other participating organizations were Community Hospital Health Foundation, Fox Theatre, Hillcrest Nursing Home Foundation, McCook Arts Council, McCook Art Guild, McCook Community Foundation Fund, McCook Humane Society, Share the Heat, Southwest Nebraska Habitat for Humanity and St. Patrick’s School.

If you missed the Big Give, you can still give, of course. Contact the individual charities listed, or visit the McCook Community Foundation Fund here.

Planning is already underway for Big Give 2018, and all signs point to another successful effort.

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