The Coastal Bend Day of Giving was a huge success this year, setting a fundraising record with a total of $2,555,480 being raised in only 24 hours. This foundation invites charities to be involved with the annual Day of Giving, thereby allowing them access to matching funds that will be totaled to what they themselves raise during the course of the month.

Three local charities were invited to participate this year, the Boys and Girls Club of Alice, Alice Volunteer Services and REAL, Inc. Both the Boys and Girls Club and Alice Volunteer Services raised at least $18,000, the maximum donation available to be matched.

REAL Inc. was new to the Coastal Bend Day of Giving this year and they were very excited to have been invited to participate.

“We were able to raise $4950 this year. We were so excited to be invited to be a part of the Day of Giving,” said Martin Ornelas, Director of REAL, Inc.

The next annual Day of Giving will come around again in November, but community activism is always in season.