The aftermath of Hurricane Hermine left many community members feeling lonely and hopeless. Days after the hurricane hit, a man called in to share frustrations of his power still being out and his food having gone bad. Looking for answers on where to get food for his girlfriend and four children, he expressed concerns with having an alcoholic girlfriend who comes and goes, an oldest child struggling in school and his youngest suffering from developmental issues. As he continued opening up, he explained his defeats of being a wounded veteran and not being given a fair chance in the workforce. As the man became emotional, he shared thoughts of losing hope, but knowing that his family needs him helps to keep him going. He never thought he would call, but was very grateful he did. He expressed thankfulness for having someone to talk to and listen. A 2-1-1 counselor provided counseling and gave the man information of where to go to cool off, food pantries available and child development resources. Before hanging up, the man expressed feelings of hopefulness, encouragement and gratitude.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. When you give to 2-1-1 Big Bend, you gift an individual and their family empowerment. Your support encourages positive community growth through information and hope when people need it most.
Join our #Unselfie Project to help raise awareness of #givinghopeday on #givingtuesday.
Write down WHY you give to 2-1-1 Big Bend, snap a picture (your #unselfie), post to social media and tag @211bigbend so we can share your awesomeness!
Amount Raised: $1,875
Families Served: 187