Giving Tuesday, a national push for people to donate to nonprofits and causes, brought some attention and funds to area groups.
The event, always held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, dovetails with a busy time for many shelters and charitable organizations. Restoring Lives Executive Director Shenita Jones said the organization was near their goal as of Tuesday evening.
“It’s going great,” Jones said. “We had a goal of $500; we’ve been utilizing social media and we’re just $55 short of our goal.”
The funds raised will go toward Restoring Lives’ girls groups, tutoring program and scholarships.
Last year, Restoring Lives’ group Be B.L.U.E. asked the community for help creating care packages for the homeless. This year, the group is holding a drive with the Ardmore Animal Shelter.  
Not everyone saw a direct effect. Family Shelter Director Kathy Manning said her organization participated, but did not see much of an impact. She said the shelter is always in need of certain supplies, but the cold weather is adding to that list.
“We’re seeing a lot of needs for warm clothing, pillows, blankets, things we don’t normally account for,” Manning said.
Manning said while Giving Tuesday didn’t bring in extra funds, the community has generally been receptive to other requests for help. Recently, when the shelter asked for paper and plastic goods, the community responded quickly.
“We needed toilet paper, paper towels and trash bags,” Manning said. “We had a great response to that, but it’s hard to meet all the needs all of the time.”
Sara’s Project Executive Director Kinzie Price said Sara’s Project didn’t participate, opting to stick with an annual mail-out campaign that will run through winter. Participants can donate in someone else’s name, then have the organization send out Christmas cards to mark the donation. Price said she’s received about seven so far.
“It goes all season, it doesn’t wrap up,” Price said. “But, if people want cards for Christmas, it would have to be a few days before.”
Price said the organization holds a second fundraiser in spring.
“We just encourage the community to get out and give back,” Price said. “Whatever they’re passionate about, do something for somebody else this holiday season.”