HANCOCK, Mich. (WZMQ) – Around the Holiday season, we’re reminded of the community that surrounds us and the support that it takes to keep it going. Snow may fill the streets, settling in our yearly UP cold, but the annual event that makes its mark in November, continues with the warmth of generosity, Giving Tuesday.
Yearly, the Copper Shores Community Health Foundation takes donations for Giving Tuesday through the month of November. Each donation given on Giving Tuesday through the foundation has a $250,000 match. Last year’s donations brought in around $650,000, and the foundation is hoping to surpass much further this year.
“It’s been more than 3 million dollars now that has gone into our community over the last 7 years through Giving Tuesday which is incredible. But what I find and what you see here a the mall today is that Giving Tuesday is much more about the community,” commented Copper Shores Community Health Foundation Director of Marketing Micheal Babcock.
Donations are heading toward around 30 organizations such as Baraga County Shelter Homes, 31 Backpacks, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, who are able to use the funds to keep their mentoring programs going.
“We match volunteers to children on a 1 to-1 basis, through that relationship that we support all along we help to put kids in touch with their potential,” commented Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Director Maggie Munch.
“For a small community something like Giving Tuesday is incredible. When somebody in a little community is also talking about that it amplifies it so much more so you might hear about it in one little thing in one far place but when you see it in your own community it makes it a little more powerful and you feel like you are more apart of something,” continued Babcock.
“This campaign is just an opportunity to shine as Yoopers do to give in our own community but also to capitalize on that whole worldwide wave of generosity, the fact that we can give locally but have a global impact is pretty huge,” continued Munch.
It might seem like a small community, but global movements like this help prove the impact these communities can have.
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