Here is a shortlist of local organizations to help out today on National Giving Day, December 1, 2020.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, food banks, along with many other non-profit organizations, have seen an upsurge of requests from families who have been facing economic hardships.

National Giving Day is a day that encourages giving to organizations that will, in turn, help those less fortunate in our community.

Here is a shortlist of local organizations that could use the extra help right now, including:

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank

Donations are what keeps the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank up and running, serving those in need in our community. In the last two weeks of November alone, the food bank saw an increase of 25 percent in the number of families needing emergency food. To donate, visit El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

Rescue Mission of El Paso

A simple donation continues supporting the residents and ministries of the Rescue Mission of El Paso. They are also offering hand-made wind chimes with all proceeds benefiting the organization. For more information, visit The Rescue Mission online.

El Paso Community Foundation

The El Paso Community Foundation Foundation relies on donors to contribute and support community projects such as its 32nd Annual Spirit of Giving Tree. For more details and to donate visit, EPCF online.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso

Purchase $10 raffle tickets in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso, and you'll be in the running for the 12 Days of Big Cheer Holiday raffle. Prizes range from $100 up to the grand prize of a $2020 Visa gift card. Live drawings will take place on Facebook from December 5-16, 2020. To purchase raffle tickets, visit ElevatedFundraising.com.

Vitalant

Some of us may not be able to make a monetary donation and instead can donate blood. To make an appointment, visit Vitalant.org.

Paso del Norte Foundation

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Paso del Norte Foundation created the El Paso Food and Beverage Workers Fund. The newly created fund provides support for food and beverage workers in El Paso and surrounding areas who have been laid off or who are working reduced hours. To donate, visit PDN Workers Fund online.

Whatever organization you decide to support, it’s most appreciated, especially right now when so many are struggling just to get through, so thank you in advance for your kind gesture.

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