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Meet the #GivingTuesdayKaty nonprofits

November 26, 2018

Katy-area residents might want to circle Tuesday, Nov. 27, on their holiday calendar as a date to remember.

That’s the date for #GivingTuesdayKaty which benefits a collaboration of 16 Katy-area nonprofits working together for the greater good of the community.

“GivingTuesday falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, after Black Friday and after Cyber Monday and is about giving back to the nonprofits that help the community,” said Deysi Crespo, executive director, Katy Christian Ministries. “#GivingTuesdayKaty is about giving back to the charities that make Katy a great place to live for everyone.”

Sarah Beaton, who organized #GivingTuesdayKaty, invites the community to learn more about the participating nonprofits by attending a Nov. 27 event at Members Choice Credit Union, which is a presenting sponsor.

“Everybody and anybody can come,” Beaton said. The event from 4-7 p.m. will introduce people to the nonprofits, what they do, how they help the community and how people can help them.

The event may feature a live painter as well as food.

“We’ll have a couple other activities where people can interact with different nonprofits,” she added.

Participating nonprofits are The Arc of Katy, Attack Poverty Friends of Sundown, The Ballard House, Clothed by Faith, Christ Clinic, Compassion Katy, Fostering Success Foundation, Hope Impacts, Joe Joe Bear Foundation, Katy Cares, Katy Christian Ministries, Katy ISD Education Foundation, Neighborhood KidZ Club, Sons of Keturah, Krause Children’s Residential and YMCA.

Since #GivingTuesdayKaty was launched, Beaton said, “We are thrilled with the community. A lot of people have donated.”

The #GivingTuesdayKaty website allows supporters to choose which of the 16 nonprofits they want to support or to donate to #GivingTuesdayKaty overall.

“The goal is $10,000 for nonprofits to raise collectively without sponsorships,” said Beaton. She said they are halfway toward their goal.

Visit www.givingtuesdaykaty.org for more information.

The endeavor also has a goal for sponsorships, and Beaton said she thanked those people who have helped them reach their sponsorship level. “That money goes back to nonprofits as well.”

Since the launch, a number of businesses have stepped up to contribute to the cause.

El Canton Firewood Pizzeria was a dine-and-donate sponsor on Nov. 6 and donated 20 percent of all dinner sales from 5-10 p.m. to Giving Tuesday Katy.

Participating Chick-fil-A’s and Toasted Yolk Café will be dine-and-donate sponsors on Nov. 27, she said.

Irace on Nov. 15, Chiro Dynamics on Nov. 7-8 and Nov. 13 and Tint World on Nov. 17 and Nov. 27 also have or will donate a percentage of sales to #GivingTuesdayKaty.

Giving Tuesday dates to 2012. The 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation started the special day in response to holiday commercialization and consumerism. It was launched in Katy in early November. Visit www.givingtuesday.org/about for more information.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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