Today is the last day to give to the Shine Your Light campaign, which will benefit six local nonprofits and thousands of East Texans.
“Many years, people wait until the last day of the year to mail in their donations; we don’t know where we stand until a few days after New Year’s,” said Nelson Clyde, publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph. “We will have another update tomorrow and announce the totals on Sunday.”
The organizations that will benefit 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.
To donate to Shine Your Light, visit www.tylerpaper.com or ETCF.org to pay with a credit card, or mail a check payable to “ETCF — Shine Your Light” at 315 N. Broadway Ave., Suite 210, Tyler, Texas, 75702.
Mayor Barbara Bass said she’s enjoyed her involvement with the campaign during her mayoral career.
“Each year, I have been blessed by the outpouring of support for Shine Your Light,” Mayor Bass said. “And, I am blessed just knowing that we can make a huge difference when we join together to help the neediest in our community.”
This year’s theme is “investing in the future,” with an emphasis on what the organizations do for children.
The annual community campaign has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for different nonprofits since its beginning in 2008. The amount has grown every year, with a combined total of $822,688.02 for the first four years.
“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.”