Giving Tuesday: How you can make your holiday donation?

Giving Tuesday: How you can make your holiday donation?

Southern Nevadans feeling generous can give to several different local organizations, and can help in a multitude of ways including monetary donations, donating goods or volunteering.

On Tuesday, hundreds filed in to the 92nd Street Y to build care packages for the homeless and others in need.

"I think it's a really great gesture for us to do this because it doesn't take a lot of time and it means so much to them", said 10th grader Emma Walter.

According to givingtuesday.org, the social media movement started in 2012 as a way for people to kick off their holiday and end-of-year charitable giving.

In 2016, millions of people in 98 countries participated in a Giving Tuesday event, raising more than $177 million to support a range of organizations.

This year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2 million raised on Facebook for US nonprofits, stretching beyond the initial donation, all with a click of a button or by starting a fundraiser for the non-profit of your choice through the social media page.

If you are thinking about giving back, make sure you protect yourself from scammers.

Zurbgrugg said in IL, a website has gone up that allows donors to give to their favorite nonprofit or charity organization online at www.ilgive.com, and promoted on social media using the hashtag #ilgive. BBB also says to watch out for name similarity of charities to avoid mistaken identity and giving to the wrong fund. Also beware if the charity won't provide proof that your donation is tax deductible.

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