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Some suggestions for GivingTuesday

Guest editorial

From Ironwood to Pickford and everywhere in between, nonprofit organizations in the region are hoping to kick off the giving season on a strong note with GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. It takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

A number or organizations in Dickinson and Iron counties have registered projects on give906.org, the Upper Peninsula’s GivingTuesday directory.

Participating organizations include —

Almost Home Animal Shelter

The staff at Almost Home Animal Shelter work with the community by providing the following services:

— Spay/neuter program fixes all kittens, cats, puppies, dogs and rabbits before adoption;

— Assist owners and finders of lost animals;

— Community educator for the benefit of its pet population;

— Shelter and nurture lost or abandoned pets while seeking loving caregivers who will provide them with a permanent home;

— Provide support to the pet caregivers of the community when in need;

The shelter is always in need of funds for medical care, cleaning supplies, food, enrichment items and cat litter to keep its tenants happy and healthy.

Looking for a new family member? When out and about this holiday season, take a couple minutes to stop by and visit all of the wonderful pets that are here.

For the remainder of the year, the shelter has an adopt-a-cat special — $50 for one, $75 for two. They are spayed or neutered, have a 3-in-1 vaccination and are dewormed, plus underwent a free health check from one of the local veterinarians.

Dickinson Area Community Foundation

Dickinson Area Community Foundation will have a “Christmas in the Wizarding World” fundraiser Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Pine Grove Country Club to introduce youth and families to the joy of philanthropy. This interactive dining and character experience allows the foundation to introduce itself to a different demographic of the community and spread the good word about charity, giving, granting and more. Participants can even win passes to Walt Disney World. Tickets to the event, available online for $61.62, make a great gift and offer a tangible, memorable experience.

Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls

Fortune Lake will host a one-day giving push to raise funds to continue renovations of Fir Cabin. The fundraising goal is $4,000. After the recent hardwood floor installation, camp organizers plan to add a 102-by-202-foot outdoor deck and renovate the building’s roof. Over the years, this historic cabin has had various uses, including housing Civilian Conservation Corps workers who built Bewabic State Park across the lake. Now, the youngest campers use it as a home base during summer programs; during retreat season, it is used as a meeting area for breakout sessions or smaller committees. The new deck and roof will update Fir Cabin and provide an outdoor extension to this multipurpose space.

Donors and volunteers that participate in any #give906 campaign are encouraged to use #give906 on social media to share how they gave locally.

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