Giving Tuesday is today, the day when Americans give back after spending big bucks over the weekend. Here's some great local charities you can donate to.

Giving Tuesday has been around since 2012, and for six years now people have been celebrating the holidays with some end-of-the-year giving. People celebrate Giving Tuesday with the hashtag on social media and show how they are giving back in big ways. If you want to support the Giving Tuesday movement, here are some great local charities you can donate to:

El Paso

Operation Noel started out with the primary goal to give warm, winter coats to children of needy families in the region who cannot afford them. They have been able to give over 25,000 coats to children in need and you can help give them even more by donating here.

According to the El Paso Times, their senior fund provides "hearing aides, dental assistance and other medical services, as well as ADA accommodations, to older adults referred to the Rio Grande Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging. To donate, make checks available to the El Paso Times Senior Fund, 500 W. Overland Ave., Suite 150, El Paso, TX 79901. For more information please call 533-0998, ext. 116."

The rescue mission serves as an emergency shelter for the homeless providing 3 meals a day, showers and laundry. They also help people with job searches, offer counseling and have bible study classes. You can donate to the rescue mission here.

The food bank distributes food to over 120 pantries across the borderland and also gives nutrition education to people in the region. The bank serves 90,000 people with 65,000 being households with children. Find out more information on how you can help the food bank here.


The United Way is participating in Giving Tuesday and is even having donations matched by local sources (Happy State Bank, Sylvan Learning of Abilene and Sweetwater, and Lone Star Title). Find out more information at the Abilene Reporter News site.

The Noah Project is a local shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Their goal is to turn victims into survivors. Some of their services includes legal, Medical, and Individual Advocacy, transportation and accompaniment, safety planning, counseling and support groups, employment assistance and more. You can donate to this worthy cause through their website.

The Connecting Caring Communities charities works to build a stronger community in Abilene by helping neighbors work together to make their communities a better place. Specifically, the charity is looking to get donations to help their Young Leaders of Abilene program so they can reach more kids. You can find out more information and donate here.


Midland County's Habitat For Humanity is participating in Giving Tuesday and you can help build homes for those in need in your area. To donate, please visit their website.

The food bank collects, purchases and distributes food to those in need in the Midland/ Odessa area and also give nutritional education.  If you would like to donate, please visit their website.

San Angelo

PAWS works to save animals from euthanasia and neglect and help find animals in need loving, forever homes. They regime around 1,000 animals every year and help spay and neuter over 2,500 animals a year in the San Angelo area. Find out how you can help these furry friends in need by donating here.

The Sierra Vista United Methodist Church works to make sure that every child in the San Angelo area has a bed of their own to fall asleep in every night. Their mission is to make sure there is a bed and bedding for every child in the San Angelo Independent School District. They work with school counselors, teachers and school service workers to find those in need and make sure the items get to those people. To donate, you can send a check or money order to Sierra Vista United Methodist Church; 4522 College Hills Blvd.; San Angelo, TX 76904. Make sure to write "BED PROJECT" in the notation line. If you would like to request a bed for a child attending an SAISD school or Head Start, contact the school’s office or counselor.

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