Giving Tuesday in Kern County

Dozens of local non-profits are in need of help this holiday season

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - After shopping deals and sales for those on our Christmas list, Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to thinking about those not on our lists. 

"They come in to save lives," said Carola Enriquez, Director of Community Development at Houchin Blood Bank.

In the spirit of giving people lined up at Houchin Blood Bank to give the gift of life. 

The bank is in need of O negative blood and AB platelet and plasma donations. 

"Give for the first time if you've been thinking about it.  Why not do it on Giving Tuesday," Enriquez said. 

Dozens of non-profits in our community are also in need of help this time of year and if money is tight you can donate your time at places like the Boys & Girls Club. 

It's a small gesture that means more than you could imagine. 

"What's nice is it lets the kids know the community cares about them," said Maggie Cushine, Resource Development Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Kern County.

You can also give the gift of your voice, advocating for a cause close to your heart. 

"How you can contribute to the solution rather than be a part of the problem," said Zach Skow, Executive Director of Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue.

Zach Skow locked himself inside of a kennel at Kern County Animal Services to help raise awareness about proper animal care, the shelter experience and why it is important that Kern County becomes a no kill community. 

"The problem is not going to solve itself.  We need to be proactive about becoming no kill," Skow said. 
"These are perfectly good, perfectly adoptable animals that are here not of their own fault most of the time and we all have to provide resources to try to find them homes," said Nick Cullen, Director of Kern County Animal Services.

"We're making progress.  We're on the way.  Kern County is on the way.  Mark my words, we're going to get there.  We just need everybody to pitch in," Skow said.

Then there's the gift of kindness. 

You may remember they Wilstead sisters who convinced their parents to let them start an online boutique, not aimed at making money, but to sell inspirational items at cost.

On Giving Tuesday the girls posted a video online aimed at encouraging acts of kindness. 

"Post and act of kindness on social media or donate to a cause and we will give you 30 percent off of everything.  Use the code Giving Tuesday or #GivingTuesday" said the girls. 

The girls Little Chicks Beauty Boutique can be found here:

These are just small examples of local organizations you can donate to Giving Tuesday. 

For a list of additional non-profits or to find that charity that champions you heart, search Giving Tuesday on this KGET TV-17 website. 

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