Local charity excels in KY Gives Day fundraising

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

FRANKFORT, Ky (WYMT) - Organizations from across the state were honored Wednesday for their help during Kentucky Gives Day back in April.

KY Gives Day is a fundraising effort to help charities that challenges non-profits to raise as much money as possible in 24 hours.

In total, more than 4,000 individuals and businesses donated to the cause with nearly 400 charities receiving funds.

One of those groups is Red Bird Mission, which operates in Southeastern Kentucky.

Dr. O. Taylor Collins is a representative with Red Bird and said their organization works to provide food, clothing and education to underprivileged families in our area.

"Red Bird Mission is there as a safety net and to help those that really need help," said Collins.

He said that mission is close to his heart.

"I was born and raised in Southeast Kentucky and am a native Appalachian and I have a passion for helping the poor," said Collins.

Stu Silberman helped organize the event said it is important that more rural parts of the state were represented in addition to urban centers.

"We're thrilled to see the winners coming from all over our state," said Silberman.

Raising more than $300,000 in total, Silberman said the success of the program exceeded organizers' expectations.

But he said the money is not the only positive thing to come out of this project.

"Almost more than that was the awareness that came about for our charities and the importance of giving," said Silberman.

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