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“Panhandle Gives” starts Monday Nov. 22

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“Panhandle Gives” starts Monday Nov. 22

By: Bill Kelly


The Panhandle Gives is an annual event hosted and coordinated by the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF). The event begins on the Monday before Thanksgiving and ends on the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. This year, that’s Monday November 22- Tuesday November 30.

One hundred percent of all donations raised by the organizations are kept by that organization. In addition, each participating organization that raises at least $250 during the campaign receives a percentage match of the total amount of the Amplification Fund. The Amplification Fund is made up of money given from foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors and was established by AAF to amplify the amount of money participating organizations receive during the campaign.

In Dalhart, there are four nonprofit organizations participating in The Panhandle Gives 2021 (TPG.) They are CASA, DHC Healthcare Foundation, Good Samaritan, and XIT Museum. The organizations believe that by co-marketing with The Panhandle Gives, it is easier for donors to understand how to make their donations. All checks are written to The Panhandle Gives, and in the memo line list the chosen organization. Anyone making a donation can mail or deliver the donation to your chosen charity. Checks must be deposited by bank closing on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in order to earn amplified dollars. Or those who are interested can give on line by going to www. thepanhandlegives. org, and choosing their favored organization.

Evinn Wyatt, Executive Director of CASA explained that CASA 69, Inc. has been a nonprofit organization for 35 years. CASA trains community volunteers to advocate for children in foster care who have experienced abuse and neglect. Locally there are currently 75 children in the foster care system. Due to shortages in foster homes in our local areas, children are being placed hundreds of miles away. CASA’s goal for TPG 2021 campaign is $3,000. CASA will be using funds from TPG for travel costs for advocates to visit their CASA kids.

Joyce Bezner, DHC Healthcare Foundation Coordinator, explained that the Foundation supports the Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District with funding for equipment, programs, and healthcare scholarships. The Foundation Board members have set a goal of $85,000 and plan to raise funds for three needs. One is a rapid fluid infuser which costs $32,000. It will allow personnel to push warm fluids and blood into trauma patients at a rapid rate. Another is a mini-rehab department in the hospital, which will cost $15,000. Both physical and occupational therapy need to upgrade their facility so that hospital inpatients, and nursing home residents who are rehabilitating from strokes, heart attacks, surgeries, and injuries can be better served. The third is scholarships for healthcare careers in the amount of $38,000. The Dr. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 and four scholarships have been awarded to date. The Foundation Board is planning for both the short term and long term with the goal of preparing qualified employees for the hospital district for years to come.

Kurtis Abla, President of The Good Samaritan Christian Service, Inc. of Dalhart reported that the organization was formed when a group of citizens who saw some needs in our community determined that they could be better served by bringing partner churches together to meet those needs. This nonprofit ministry has been serving the “least of these” in the Dallam-Hartley counties for over 38 years in a variety of ways. The Good Samaritan could not take care of the 200+ families they serve each month without the generosity of local churches and private donors. The Good Samaritan serves those who need help with groceries, clothing, small household items and assists the elderly with prescription medication expenses and utility bills. The Panhandle Gives is an opportunity for the Good Samaritan to expand their ministry ability. The Good Samaritan will be able to take greater care not only for those who need temporary assistance with food or clothing, but also to assist the senior citizens in our community who live on a fixed income and are unable to adequately obtain the health care they need or afford an ample amount of groceries. This ministry has been involved with Panhandle Gives for three years and has a goal of $7,500 this year. The Good Samaritan, and its recipients, greatly appreciate those who give and support this ministry.

Donna Brasch, President of the XIT Museum, said that the vision of the XIT Museum is “Honoring Our Past – Building Our Future”. This is the XIT Museum’s second year to participate in The Panhandle Gives Campaign. The emphasis this year is dedicated to “Building Our Future.” Their 2021 goal is $100,000 which they feel can be reached with the support of their community partners. These funds will be used to upgrade the infrastructure at the museum for enhanced visitor experience which includes upgrades to hands-on exhibits, updated classroom capabilities for visiting school children and to add new and updated features to the museum. These updates will enhance the goal of making the XIT Museum a cultural hub for the community.

The Panhandle Gives continues to be a focused effort of the Amarillo Area Foundation to support, empower, and encourage collaboration among nonprofits across the twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle. In 2020, the total amount raised was $3,549,329 enabling the growing number of participating nonprofits to serve their communities with innovative programs and services. They hope everyone will join them in 2021.

Once again, all checks should be written to The Panhandle Gives, and in the memo line write the charity of choice. Checks must be deposited by each organization by bank closing time on Tuesday, November 30

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