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Giving Tuesday has local non-profits looking for donations, volunteers, acts of kindness

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Another Giving Tuesday is in the books. Central Texas non-profits were hoping that after a weekend of spending, you would now be in the spirit of giving.

Giving Tuesday is all about giving to the non-profit organizations and causes doing good work here in Central Texas. And there are lots of them.

Did you know there are 7,000 non-profit organizations working to make central Texas a better place?

Courtney Manuel, executive director of I Live Here I Give Here says, “If you close your eyes and imagine all the wonderful things you love about Austin, I can guarantee there are 5 to 10 non-profits that are actually supporting that thing that you love.”

Some of these non-profits have been around a long time… Like AIDS Services of Austin and Dress for Success. And others are just starting to make their contributions.

Austin Threads just opened Tuesday. It was started by a former CASA volunteer who was saddened by what her clients wore to court. Austin Threads CEO Cathy Hamilton says, “They’re wearing things that were missing buttons or missing the zipper. And it didn’t help them feel good about themselves. They were already coming into foster care or homeless or living in a shelter. And it used to really bother me. I always thought somebody should do something about that… And it turned out to be me!”

Austin Threads is hoping Giving Tuesday will lead to more donations and volunteers. But the folks at I Live Here I Give Here are also trying to generate something else. Manuel says, “We are trying to establish through the Giving Tuesday movement acts of kindness. And that’s actually what I Live Here I Give Here Last year we measured 4.1 million acts of kindness in Central Texas. This year our goal is 5 million.”

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