Campaign earns more donations this year than 2012

Published on Wednesday, 1 January 2014 00:42 - Written by Staff Reports

With a flood of donations the last day of the campaign, Shine Your Light will be able to donate more to each organization this year than it did last year.

“Every year we sweat it out, and every year the community delivers in ways we never counted on,” said Nelson Clyde, publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph. “It fills my heart to watch the givers of this community engage with our agencies.”

This year’s theme is “investing in the future,” with an emphasis on what the organizations do for children.

“Shine Your Light is always an amazing reflection of all that is good about Tyler and East Texas,” said Mayor Barbara Bass. “Our children and youth will be blessed by the special programs our 2013 recipient nonprofits will be able to provide.”

The organizations benefitting from donations this year are The Salvation Army of Tyler, the East Texas Food Bank, People Attempting to Help, The First Tee of Greater Tyler, the Literacy Council of Tyler and the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas.

The annual community campaign has raised nearly $1 million for different nonprofits since its beginning in 2008.

“My wife and I have a heart for helping good organizations that are helping people,” said Herb Buie, one of the matching donors. “We think it’s a really good thing to support these organizations that are helping those who truly can’t afford to help themselves. We believe strongly in giving back to the community.”

This year’s matching donors are giving a total of $75,000. The donors are the Niblack Charitable Fund, Terry and Dennis Darryl, Mayor Barbara and Billy Bass, Herb and Melvina Buie, Harold and Rosemary Beaird, Citizens 1st Bank, Southside Bank, the Clements Family Foundation, the Tyler Morning Telegraph and an anonymous donor.

“Rosemary and I give to Shine Your Light because a gift to this effort is a gift to six agencies,” Beaird said. “Tyler is a generous town and is aware of the good work being done by these organizations. A gift here is much like giving to a neighbor in need.”