Get ready for Give More 24

Sep 19, 2019 esmwymdp

first_imgIn the handful of years that Give More 24! has been around, there hasn’t been a major disaster in the weeks leading up to it.This summer’s wildfires in the Columbian River Gorge and hurricanes in the South changed that.Amid all of the disaster relief efforts, one local nonprofit has asked Maury Harris of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington about the moral dilemma they’re having asking for money Sept. 21 during the annual 24-hour day of giving, Give More 24!People have donated blood, sent money to the Red Cross, lent their boats to rescue people stranded in floodwaters and dropped off cases of bottled water for firefighters tackling the Eagle Creek and Archer Mountain fires. Washougal residents let horses displaced by the fires stay in their pastures. People opened their churches and buildings, and dropped off emergency supplies at the Washougal Community Center. Calls for assistance were responded to within a matter of minutes.“People see the problem and they want to help and be part of the solution,” Harris said.There is room for people to help disaster relief and also give to ongoing causes whose missions they support, he added.“There are multiple drivers for people to give,” he said.The goal of Give More 24! is to raise at least $1 million for local nonprofits and get at least 4,000 people to donate to causes Thursday on the Give More 24! website.The Community Foundation, the host and marketing power behind the annual giving spree, advised participating nonprofits to use Give More 24! to raise money for specific, tangible needs.last_img

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