North Texas Giving Day

If you’ve thought about giving to a nonprofit, there is no better day than tomorrow.

North Texas Giving Day is an online fundraising event that makes it easy for people to donate to a variety of North Texas nonprofits in one day. Last year, they raised a record $33.1 million for 2,020 organizations. This year, more than 2,500 area nonprofits have registered with the Communities Foundation of Texas, which founded the event in 2009.

Part of what makes this event special is the matching funds: This year, there are $25 million to match or partially match many of the donations made tomorrow. That means your dollars go further to help out some truly wonderful nonprofits in the local work they do.

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Photo courtesy of Travis Swan via a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Travis Swan via a Creative Commons license

Gather up your new and gently used coats and blankets for adults and kids because it’s time for the annual coat and blanket drive by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Dallas/Park Cities office.

Collected items will go to the Dallas ISD Coat Closet and the Oak Lawn Community Outreach Center Clothes Closet for families in need and for the homeless.

The drive runs from Monday, Dec. 8 to Saturday, Dec. 13. Drop-off times are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Home pick-up is also available by calling 214-521-0044.

New and gently used coats for adults and children as well as blankets will be accepted at the Coldwell Banker Dallas/Park Cities office located at 7001 Preston Road, Suite 125, located at the corner of Preston and Hyer Street.

“Each year, thousands of adults and children go without proper coats to keep them warm, and our employees and sales associates vowed this year that they wanted to make a difference,” said Keith Head, managing broker of the Dallas/Park Cities office. “So if you have a coat that no longer fits or that your family doesn’t use anymore, or if you have spare blankets that you can donate, it’s an easy way to help someone in need this holiday season.”

The need for coats and blankets is very real for many North Texas families this year. In Dallas County alone, 18.8 percent of people were living below the federal poverty level, according to Healthy North Texas, and the largest percentage of those were children. For a family of four, that means an annual income of $23,850.

Additionally, Texas is one of five states that accounts for more than half of the homeless population in the United States, with almost 30,000 homeless counted in 2013, according to the Texas Homeless Network. For these people, your donation of a warm coat or blanket can make a lifesaving difference.