Giving Tuesday helps Austin charities


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on December 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 6:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Charities in Austin are hoping Giving Tuesday translates into badly needed dollars to help those in need.

Lutheran Social Services of the South has a fundraising goal of $10,000. The group will use the money to fund its foster care programs, housing for the elderly and disaster response. Lutheran Social Services is helping victims of the Halloween floods in Austin.

"If it weren't for generous donors willing to give, we could not provide the quality of programs we provide," said President and COO Betsy Guthrie. 

The Capital Area Food Bank also received a $500,000 donation on Giving Tuesday. HEB donated truckloads of instant mashed potatoes and cereal to help feed families in need. One in four children in the Austin area do not have enough food.

"We are seeing those numbers rise in Central Texas, and the demand for food is growing," said Capital Area Food Bank development officer Joanna Linden. 

Dress for Success is also counting on Giving Tuesday to fund its programs. The non-profit provides professional outfits, including handbags and shoes to women for job interviews. It also gives career and financial training.

"All types of women who are going through difficult situations and are a little down on their luck who need a helping hand," said program coordinator for Dress for Success Mia Johns.


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