2020 Day of Giving nets almost $25,000

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By ANTHONY FLORES

As the 2020 Day of Giving reached its end June 26, the Liberty Hill community had reached deep in their pockets, coming up with a total of $24,760 for seven local charities.

While in previous years, the totals have been higher, this year’s event faced the COVID-19 pandemic hurdle, but barely skipped a beat.

The charities involved committed themselves to creating multiple videos and using social media to reach the public quickly in a situation where up close and personal messages were not possible.

Leading the pack this year was the Liberty Hill ISD Education Foundation, with a total of $8,900 raised. The Foundation is the youngest organization of the bunch and donations exceeded their expectations.

“This was a great showing, and we’re so proud of the community coming out for us. Liberty Hill is such a great community,” said Foundation President John Newberg. “We’re so happy and proud to be a part of the Panther Nation, and they came out and supported us. We’re all ecstatic that we’re going to be able to do the things we want to do like grants for teachers and scholarships.”

Not far behind was L4 Cares, which raised $5,400, followed by Operation Liberty Hill, which brought in $3,710.

“It went pretty well considering that everything was online,” said Operation Liberty Hill Executive Director Susan Baker. “Normally in years past, I would have a bunch of signs made and placed in business’ windows. I didn’t do it this year because I would have had to order them when so many businesses were closed. I’m not going to complain at all. We still did almost $4,000.”

With the almost $4,000 that OLH brought in, they’ll be funding their Summer Snack Program — a program that is already off and running.

“We’re not even halfway through the summer yet, so we’ll be spending a lot of that money right away,” said Baker. “We’re handing out a lot of snack bags. During the first distribution, we ran out, and we never run out. I can see that the snacks are dwindling, so we’ll be shopping with this.”

The Panther Pit Crew raised $2,750, Liberty Hill Public Library raised $2,113, Hope House raised $1,500 and Spirit Reins raised $372.50.

For Hope House, donations were less than expected. Still, Hope House Development Director Erland Schulze understands the situation that most citizens are facing. Despite the limited amount, Schulze expects an additional $6,000 donation from two supporters.

“We didn’t do as well as we usually do, and I think that’s just a sign of the times,” he said. “I believe that Doug Frazior and Virginia Jackson are going to add another $6,000, so with their help, we’ve almost met our goal of $10,000.”

The Day of Giving, which is organized by The Liberty Hill Independent, is in its third year.

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