Ten nonprofit organizations in Tyler will receive at least $14,000 each thanks to the Tyler Morning Telegraph's annual Shine Your Light community giving campaign.

So far, the campaign has raised $146,019 in donations, organizers said.

Although the two-week drive ended at the end of 2017, more donations could be received before the money is distributed later this year.

Donations will be made to Bethesda Health Clinic, East Texas Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Meals on Wheels Ministry, The Mentoring Alliance,

People Attempting to Help (PATH), St. Paul Children's Foundation, The Salvation Army and Samaritan Counseling Center.

"Every year it is a surprise on what we are going to get (in donations)," Nelson Clyde, the newspaper's publisher, said. "It's gratifying watching the generosity of our community in action."

Kyle Penney, president of East Texas Communities Foundation, the administrator for the campaign, said individual donors gave $5 to $10,000 and that many gave $100. The Tyler-based Herd Foundation donated $25,000.

"There are people who make this (donating to Shine Your Light) a part of their giving and are contributing on an annual basis," Penney said.

The newspaper also used the drive as an opportunity to tell stories of those who have improved their lives thanks to the work of each charity receiving funds.

Increasing awareness of the needs of the organizations and the work they do has been one of the goals of Shine Your Light from the beginning, Clyde said.

Since 2008, Shine Your Light has raised more than $1.4 million for 20 local nonprofits.


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