Giving Tuesday a much-needed boost during COVID-19 outbreak

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Today is Giving Tuesday, a day that normally falls between Thanksgiving and Christmas as part of holiday goodwill.

SKyPAC’s vice president Rob Hankins says this year is different, with postponed shows meaning no income for the venue. The last time a performer took the stage of the nonprofit venue was nearly two months ago, in March when Amy Grant performed.

And it’s impacting not only those organizations that make our lives fuller, but also those that protect lives, as well.

Casey Rice, of the Hope House, says the coronavirus pandemic has hit their finances from several different sides, from fundraisers being cancelled to their thrift shop being closed which has meant relying on individual donors.

When Rice looks to the future of fundraising to meet the financial needs for the Hope House, Giving Tuesday could be even more important since practicing social distancing might mean less room for attendees to people avoiding mass gatherings in general.

That means it’s up to the caring individuals of South Central Kentucky more than ever to empower local non-profit organizations to enrich the lives of local residents.