With the Shine Your Light community campaign continuing through Wednesday, the original $72,500 in donor funds have already been matched. Tyler Morning Telegraph publisher Nelson Clyde said in past years, the donor funds haven't been matched this close to the closing of the campaign.
"It's a unique year in that we've met the matching funds," he said. "It will be an exciting time to see how the community continues to show their generosity in helping the organizations that are in need."
The campaign's total as of Friday was $148,085.00. This year's matching donors contributed a total of $72,500 to launch the campaign and challenge community members to give. Matching donors include Barbara and Billy Bass, Harold and Rosemary Beaird Fund, Niblack Charitable Fund, Herb and Melvina Buie, Clements Family Foundation, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Michelle and Martin Heines, Citizen's 1st Bank, Southside Bank, Your Philanthropy in honor of YP Collaborative and an anonymous donor.
"I think it's exciting that the community has already matched the funds," former mayor Barbara Bass said.
The eight nonprofit organizations selected as this year's Shine Your Light recipients and that were featured in recent stories in the Tyler Morning Telegraph include East Texas Food Bank, The Salvation Army, People Attempting to Help (PATH), Meals on Wheels Ministry, the Samaritan Counseling Center, Gateway to Hope, Boys and Girls Club of East Texas' Gospel Village and The Hospice of East Texas' WINGS Program for Bereaved Children.
"The campaign is important because we are helping organizations that are on the front line of helping people in our community," Ms. Bass said. "I'm looking forward to see how community shows up between now and Dec. 31."
The campaign will continue through Dec. 31. People can donate online by going to TylerPaper.com and clicking on the "Shine Your Light" button or by mail by sending a check payable to ETCF — Shine Your Light, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Suite 210, Tyler, Texas 75702.