Give local for Giving Tuesday

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Patti Kilvack of Canadian Blood Services in the Kelowna said Giving Tuesday was a flawless day to remind people of their ability to give blood, something in desperate need at this time of the year, especially immediately after Christmas and New Year's on December 26 and January 1. Medical Mutual will match each donation.

Donations can be made by visiting the United Way of Western Nebraska Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/unitedwayofwesternnebraska and clicking on the donate button.

Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations.

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is meant to be a day of giving fueled by social media and worldwide collaboration. You could double your donations on Facebook.

Joined by representatives of several local community organizations, Basran and others said giving can take many forms. That makes donations from individual supporters more important than ever.

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Ask anyone who works for a nonprofit, and they will tell you that funding from federal and state sources has been shrinking for years. But if you are going to give money, remember my three golden rules.

The Press-Republican has always recommended donating to local charities and nonprofits, which usually have lower overhead and administrative costs and get more of the money directly to those in need.

Checking to make sure you are donating to a charity's official website can help to keep your identity safe.

If you are unfamiliar with an organization, one way to research is to turn to CharityNavigator.org, which says it offers objective ratings.

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