Joshua Morrison/News Art Schaad, Executive Director of HopeNow, speaks to Mount Vernon City Council after receiving a proclamation recognizing November 27 as Giving Tuesday in the City of Mount Vernon. Giving Tuesday falls after Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday in the holiday shopping season.

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

Art Schaad, Executive Director of HopeNow, speaks to Mount Vernon City Council after receiving a proclamation recognizing November 27 as Giving Tuesday in the City of Mount Vernon. Giving Tuesday falls after Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday in the holiday shopping season.

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council issued a proclamation Monday night designating Nov. 27 as #GivingTuesday.

HopeNow Furniture Bank of Knox County will participate in the global movement of #GivingTuesday Nov. 27. HopeNow will seek to raise funds for the continued enabling of the organization to provide household goods to those individuals and families of Knox County struggling to furnish their own homes due to poverty and other challenging life experiences.

The agency hopes to raise $25,000.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place Nov. 27, and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

HopeNow Furniture Bank of Knox County collects gently-used furniture and mattresses, bed linens, towels, small kitchen appliances, dishes and basic kitchen items from donors and distributes them to families living in poverty or need-level circumstances free of charge. Families are eligible if they are Knox County residents and have income low enough to qualify for food stamps or Medicaid assistance. HopeNow’s goal is to help make a house a home for those Knox County families who cannot afford even the most basic furniture.

Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y — a community and cultural center in New York City — #GivingTuesday inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $300 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing and acts of kindness.

Those who are interested in joining HopeNow Furniture Bank’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.furniturebank.org or Hope-Now Furniture Bank on Facebook to donate online and to learn more about related events. Checks can be sent to HopeNow Furniture Bank at P.O. Box 627, 1025 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, OH. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org).

 

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