NEWBERRY — With a click of the mouse or a swipe of a smart phone, Newberry County residents raised funds for, and increased awareness for, local charities May 6 as people took part in Midlands Gives, a 24-hour online fundraiser.
The target amount for each charitable organization was $500 or more. When they reached that amount, they received matching funds. Local organizations benefiting from the Midlands Gives organization include Newberry County Literacy, Living Hope, the Hal Kohn Memorial Library and The Newberry Opera House.
Midlands Gives is an non profitable organization that serves its community through campaigns.
Statewide, Midland Gives raised $704, 932.23 from 5,186 gifts during the 24-hour event.
“(Raising funds using Midlands Gives) is a challenge,” said Newberry County Literacy Executive Director Barbara Chapman. “People pledge online with $20 or more. We will build capacity, service children and adults in Newberry County with our founds”
Miss Richland North East High School Rayana Briggs and Miss Newberry High School Jennie Jackson, both 17, helped promote Midlands Gives.
Those efforts gave the teens a new perspective on outreach.
“This charity event is extremely important because I have realized that not everyone is as fortunate as others. So it’s best to help out and contribute in any way possible,” said Briggs.
“I am honored to be able to help out and be apart of such a great cost and contribute to my county, ” said Jackson.
Midlands Gives is part of the central Carolina Foundation located in Columbia. The foundation is sponsoring approximately 150 non-profit organizations.
The goal of Midlands Gives is to provide service for the men and women that are trying to attain their GED and find jobs, along with enriching children so they will not fail and encourage them to read and educate themselves, so they will become productive members of society.
Though the 24-hour event has passed, needs remain for nonprofit organizations in the Midlands.
Anyone can contribute to the Midlands Gives foundation. Visit www.midlandsgives.org, call 806 254-5601 or call Chapman at 803-276- 8086 for more information.