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#GivingTuesday having positive effect on local nonprofits

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The event #GivingTuesday began five years ago and continues to gain popularity.

While the day can be of great benefit to the nonprofit organizations nationally, it's also a big one for local nonprofits. So, if you're planning on taking out money to give away, whether that's Tuesday or in the next couple of weeks during the holiday season, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind, such as where that money you're giving away, actually goes.

"We're not a state organization that services families throughout North Carolina, we're not a national organization that works nationally, we're specifically focused on Eastern North Carolina," said Kyle Robinson, president of the board of directors for Aces for Autism.

For organizations such as Aces and the Greenville Learning Center, which helps students with learning differences, there's always a need for support.

"We don't make a profit but we have to pay our teachers and buy equipment and materials and we are looking forward to expanding," said Glen Joyner, chairman of the board for GLC.

The same is true for Hope of Glory Ministries. They've been around for 10 years but recently changed their model.

"It went from a hand out approach to a hand up approach," said Cat Nell, assistant operations director for Hope of Glory Ministries. "Now that has been very hard on the backend to really educate the community on what we're doing and how we're doing it. We're getting deeper with families instead of wider."

Running nonprofits can be grinding. Robinson said it's scary not knowing where that next gift is coming from. But anything and everything these nonprofits get actually changes lives of those in our community.

"Every little gift you know that someone gives can put a smile on a parent's face when they see their child reach a new milestone that they never thought their child would reach," Robinson said.

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