Pay it Forward on Giving Tuesday


Get into the spirit of the holiday season tomorrow with Giving Tuesday. Starke County Youth Club Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the local nonprofit has joined the movement.

“It really does inspire people to take action for their local community to give, whether it’s giving a gift of money, of time, of making a donation of another sort,”Szarconyi  said. “We really want to encourage and join what is now actually a global movement to give on Giving Tuesday, which is Dec. 2nd.”

Donations to the Starke County Youth Club can be made by phone, through the website or by dropping a check in the mail. SCYC provides after school and summer enrichment programs for youngsters across the county.

“Even if Club isn’t their charity of choice, we still want them to give. Whether they’re making a donation to Community Services of Starke County, or getting together nonperishable food products for the food pantry, whether they’re giving to Moving Starke County Forward or any of the other fine organizations in this community, we would really just want to have a groundswell of giving on that Tuesday,” Szakonyi said.

“This is a moment to really think about giving back, to making your community a better place, and in particular to making sure that kids in our community have a safe place to go with lots of adults who care about them and really help prepare them for their futures. We want to get on this Giving Tuesday bandwagon, and we want to encourage other people, too.”

As part of the global Giving Tuesday movement, people are urged to take “unselfies” of their gifts and post them to social media with #GivingTuesday.