Giving Tuesday

Sherri Woytek, left, executive director of the Temple Community Clinic, delivers a cake to Tommy Strasburger on Tuesday in honor of #GivingTuesday and #ShowYourHeart.

A number of local organizations celebrated #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity.

Temple Community Clinic, which has provided medical care for a vulnerable population while receiving tremendous support from the community, paired #GivingTuesday with its annual #ShowYourHeart promotion.

The clinic’s goal is to raise $5,000 to increase the number of patients served and improve clinic facilities, said Sherri Woytek, executive director of Temple Community Clinic.

Woytek and board members Deke Jones and Jerry Tyroch also were delivering cakes to clinic supporters.

Tuesday afternoon, the three showed up at the offices of Tommy Strasburger, CEO of Strasburger Enterprises, to deliver a cake.

“This is just a small token of our appreciation,” Woytek told Strasburger. “You have supported the clinic for many years, through the Caring Ball and other activities and we wanted to thank you for all that you do.”

The clinic is a community borne project that started 25 years ago and it’s stilling filling the gap for people that don’t have health insurance, she said.

“It’s thanks to folks like you that we can continue the mission,” Woytek said. “Thank you and your company for all of your support.”

“It’s a great program,” Strasburger said of the clinic.

The Bell County Museum partnered with iZone Imaging to raise awareness for the museum’s community impact, while supporting United Way of Central Texas.

Each time someone posts about how the Bell County Museum enriched their lives or improved the community on Facebook or Instagram using #BCMGivesThanks, iZone Imaging donated $1 to United Way Central Texas. The charitable promotion ran through Tuesday.

“Giving Tuesday is not only a day for individuals to support charitable organizations, but for non-profits with similar missions to support one another,” said Coleman Hampton, executive director of the Bell County Museum.

The missions Bell County Museum and United Way of Central Texas intersect with education, Hampton said.

“Every day, we are looking for new and innovative ways to help educate our citizenry, and I know United Way of Central Texas is doing the same,” he said.

For the third year, Body of Christ Community Clinic partnered with Schlotzsky’s Restaurants in Belton and Temple for #GivingTuesday. Both restaurants along with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt agreed to give a percentage of the gross sales on Tuesday to the clinic.

“We want to thank both Schlotzsky’s and Menchie’s for partnering with us this year,” said John C. Perry, Body of Christ Community Clinic board chairman.

Helping Hands is giving away 1,700 hams and turkeys during the holiday season to its neighbors and families in the Belton area so they can celebrate the holidays at home.

On #GivingTuesday, the ministry is asking individuals to donate $15 to pay for a ham or turkey. Also, it continues to look for volunteers.

For information, call 254-939-7355.

#GivingTuesday is a perfect time to donate to Ronald McDonald House of Temple so that no family that has a child in the hospital must sleep in their car, said Susan Bolton, Ronald McDonald House of Temple executive director.

A time to help folks who come to Temple for their children to be treated and be able to help families stay close, Bolton said

Tax deductible donations may be brought to RMHC of Temple, 2415 S. 47th Street, Temple TX 76504 or visit www.rmhc-temple.com and click on the donate button.