TYLER, Texas (KETK) – This year’s Tyler Gives event from the United Way of Smith County reached its $75,000 goal in just five minutes and the donations will be distributed to 28 different local organizations supporting East Texas.

“All of the participating agencies have been vetted, and a group of dedicated volunteers have spent countless hours reviewing financials, interviewing directors, and assessing local needs to determine where local donations will make the greatest impact. Our focus is on improving local education, access to healthcare, financial stability, and crisis intervention.”

Tyler Gives

Tyler Gives is the annual Giving Tuesday event of United Way of Smith County. Donations for Tyler Gives on Giving Tuesday will begin to be matched up to $75,000 starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 29.

Donations can go to a single program or be split among every group that Tyler Gives supports.

“Each donation that comes through is representing a changed life. It’s going to be a better situation for someone.“

John Berry // Marking Director, United Way of Smith County

Bethesda Health Clinic is a non-profit organization that will benefit directly from Tyler Gives as the money will go towards increasing help towards mental health.

“Everyone needs health care and our patients don’t have health insurance so the people who came here to be seen, they’re hardworking East Texans. They are our friends and neighbors.”

Megan Riaz // Director of Community Affairs, Bethesda Health Clinic

She also went on to say that they will be hiring another counselor so they have more people for patients to talk to when they are having issues with anxiety or depression.

100% of the money that is donated will stay local and will go directly to the participating agencies.

Tyler Gives donations can go to the following nonprofits:

Local education programs

Local financial stability programs

Local health and wellness programs

Local crisis intervention programs

To support all of the nonprofits at once you can click here to donate.

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