How to help Lowcountry groups seeking assistance this GivingTuesday
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2020 has been a difficult year for most people. Among those hit the hardest are some of the Lowcountry's nonprofits and other community groups.

Dec. 1 marks GivingTuesday, and several of these organizations are in need of help.

In November, we covered work for a new Dorchester Paws facility recently being put on hold as the shelter looks to make improvements. Our story led to a unanimous donor offering a $500,000 matching donation towards the new facility through GivingTuesday.

To help Dorchester Paws reach its fundraising goal, click here.

Meanwhile, Trident United Way said it has seen "a dramatic increase in basic needs calls this year." This GivingTuesday, donations will assist Trident United Way’s Resource Connection Centers in Summerville and Moncks Corner.

These centers provide assistance to those in need in the forms of financial, food, utilities and housing help.

You can give to Trident United Way by clicking here.

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, which works to prevent abuse, protect children and help families recover, is hoping to raise $10,000. The center says this amount would cover the cost of providing vital services to five children.

The center said it has been seeing approximately five children "on any given Tuesday during the pandemic."

Workers added that a $5,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor has already been secured, so donations will be doubled until the goal is met.

“The community’s support has allowed us to continue to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families now, even during this health crisis,” said Dr. Carole Swiecicki, Executive Director of Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center. “This year, we hope to raise donations that would help the average amount of children we see on any given Tuesday.”

To donate to the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, click here.

The Lowcountry Food Bank is looking to bring in funds to help feed the hungry in our area. LCFB said there is a $100,000 matching gift challenge in an effort to create 1,200,000 meals in just one day.

Ellen Costello and Mike Judge gave a $50,000 gift, while an anonymous donor gave another $50,000.

"We believe in the mission of the Lowcountry Food Bank," said Ellen Costello, "Mike and I want to do our part in leading the fight against hunger and recognize the serious issue of food insecurity."

The goal is to raise a total of $200,000.

To help out, donate here.

GrowFood Carolina also wants to help ensure people have food on the table.

The organization announced a dollar-for-dollar match provided by the Riehm Family Foundation for all donations up to $10,000 for the Soil to Sustenance program.

"... When the pandemic began, our local food hub, GrowFood Carolina, worked with South Carolina farmers to provide healthy, local produce to food-insecure households along the coast. This effort grew into a program called Soil to Sustenance. More than 75,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables have been donated so far..." a press release read.

Donations to GrowFood Carolina can be made here.

Following months of performance cancellations and other issues for artists, Spoleto Festival USA wants to continue supporting creative minds in need. Gifts given on Tuesday will help ensure the popular festival continues to entertain and inspire folks around the Lowcountry for years to come.

"Right now, your support is more valuable than ever so that we may return to Charleston’s stages better than before in 2021. By giving to Spoleto Festival USA today, you are reinforcing our mission and encouraging the development of our 2021 season..." the festivals website read.

To give to Spoleto Festival USA, click here.

Lowcountry Land Trust, which helps protect nearly 150,000 acres across 14 South Carolina counties, is also taking part in GivingTuesday.

Dottie’s Pharmacy has pledged to match donations to the trust up to $10,000.

“The Lowcountry’s lands and waterways remain our most treasured gift and protecting them is of utmost importance,” say Dottie and Scott Farfone, owners of Dottie’s Pharmacy. “The pandemic has made it abundantly clear that nature provides solace, a refuge, and respite from these turbulent times. We are thrilled to support Lowcountry Land Trust this Giving Tuesday.”

The goal is to bring in $20,000. You can chip in here.

McDonald’s of Charleston is hosting a GivingTuesday challenge to help support Ronald McDonald House Charities.

RMHC has helped families of sick and injured children for more than four decades by providing vital resources and keeping loved ones together.

The organization said donations are down in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

In response, now through Dec. 31, McDonald's will give $100 in your name as part of a $100 million commitment over five years. All you have to do is post a photo or video making the RMHC heart symbol (or another supportive message) to social media with the hashtag "#HEREforRMHC."

McDonald's diners can also help out from Dec. 8-20 with Round-Up for RMHC, where consumers can round up the cost of their order to the nearest whole dollar. The difference goes to RMHC.

For more information and to donate, click here.

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