Marion County communities to celebrate Giving Tuesday


#Giving Tuesday is an event that supports local charities on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hillsboro Community Foundation will hold their local #GivingTuesday event from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the City Building.

Individuals and businesses are invited to join us for refreshments and to find out more about what the Foundation is doing for the community and how the various funds held by the Foundation are used to improve life for Hillsboro residents.

As an incentive to giving to community organizations, HCF will match dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 any donation that is made that evening. Your $100 donation becomes $200 and $1,000 becomes $2,000.

Projects eligible to receive matching funds include the Hillsboro Community Plaza (splash pad), Blue Jay Lanes, The Hillsboro Senior Center, Marion County 4H, Marion County Families and Children Together.

To find out more about the Hillsboro Community Foundation, visit www. or check out


The third annual #GivingTuesday/Winterfest will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Peabody-Burns High School (PBHS). The evening is jointly sponsored by Peabody Community Foundation (PCF) and PBHS.

Beginning at 5 p.m. a soup supper will be offered by donation to the various PBHS clubs and organizations. PBHS Voices will perform holiday music, and the art club will display its work.

From 5-7 p.m. PCF grant recipients will be available to visit with attendees about their charitable organization or program. Contributions made to PCF on #GivingTuesday will be matched by MKC, Vintage Bank, and an anonymous individual. Details about the match will be available at the PCF table at the event.

The #GivingTuesday event will include four gift basket drawings of items and gift certificates donated by Peabody area businesses. There is no charge for entering the drawing. In 2017, the value of the gift baskets was over $1,600.

“People can sign up for the drawing anytime from 5-7,” said PCF board member Linda Martinez. “We’ll draw the winners during Winterfest and the winning individuals must be present to win.” Martinez is organizing different baskets for youth and adults.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the Winterfest program will the premiere screening of a premiere Peabody video, feature the final rounds of a basketball shooting contest (the public is invited to compete in preliminary rounds from 5 p.m.), a scrimmage by PBHS winter sports teams, and showcase the cheerleaders and pep band. Gift basket winners and PCF grant awards to USD 398 teachers will be announced.

The Peabody community has been warming up to Giving Tuesday/Winterfest with Giving Tuesday activities on the first three Tuesdays of the month. Area residents were invited to “Be Neighborly” on Nov. 6 and 13 to donate to the Food Pantry on Nov. 13,and to contribute to the Care Facilities’ Shower on Nov. 20. Collection points are the Peabody Market, the Senior Center, the Vintage Bank and the school buildings.

#GivingTuesday is a national movement to encourage philanthropy on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Peabody Community Foundation is an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation. More info is available by emailing or on


Goessel will be hosting an event from 4-7 p.m. for #GivingTuesday on Nov. 27 at the city of Goessel Community Room.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving which kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and year end giving.

There will be cookies and cider.

The event is sponsored by Goessel Community Foundation, Bethesday Home and Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum.

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