Giving Tuesday helps local non-profits

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Americans spent the weekend dishing out dollars and searching for the best holiday deals, but today, they supported organizations both near and far for Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a day where individuals and families are encouraged to give back to the community by donating to non-profit organizations.

Here at home, more than 710,000 dollars was raised in Northwest Ohio last year, and the Toledo Community Foundation hopes to top that number today.

"Our hope is that we'll reach well over a million dollars in giving on this one day through this network of media," Keith Burwell of the Toledo Community Foundation said.

These non-profit organizations can't do it without your support, but it's never been easier to get involved. All you have to do is go to the organization's website you want to support and hit the donate button. The organization will get 100 percent of what you donate.

The United Way of Greater Toledo had a different take on Giving Tuesday.

It's called Thanking Tuesday, and instead of asking for money, United Way visited more than 50 businesses throughout the day that have generously given back to the community to present them with a plaque to say thanks.

"It was a move to de-commercialize this time of year and help people remember that we have a lot of families in need that want support," United Way President and CEO Wendy Pestrue said. "We want to help them, so we're all in this together, whether it's Giving Tuesday or Thanking Tuesday."

One of the businesses honored was Buckeye Broadband for its continued service to the community.

"Community service is just a part of who we are, and that's part of what we do," Geoff Shook of Buckeye Broadband said.