Wise County Messenger

Wonderful opportunity on North Texas Giving Day



When asked about working and living in Wonderful Wise County, I immediately come up with a common refrain about what makes its spec i a l — the people.

We don’t always agree or get along, especially when discussing politics or the more contentious topic football — high school or college. But when someone is in trouble or need help, we quickly put aside those squabbles to lend a helping hand. The examples are endless from the recent Go Fund Me campaigns to help a Paradise family who lost a child, the annual Live Thankfully and Santa Deputies campaigns to the Messenger’s summer water drive for local first responders. I was shocked by the thousands of pounds of water and sports drinks we received. We were able to help out all 17 fire departments and the EMS.

While the support for our neighbors never seems to end, the need also is never ending.

There’s children that go hungry aside from the free lunches at school, mental health needs to be addressed and even assistance needed for abandoned four-legged friends.

Thankfully, Thursday is a chance for us to open our hearts and wallets to significantly help many local charities on North Texas Giving


Founded by the Communities Foundation of Texas, North Texas Giving Day brings attention to non-profits and causes and provides a simple platform at northtexasgivingday.org to locate and donate to the organizations. The groups can also earn grants and prizes.

Among the Wise County groups participating are Wise County Christian Counseling, Wise County Committee on Aging, the United Way of Wise County, the Wise Health Foundation, CASA of Wise and Jack Counties, the Children’s Advocacy Center for North Texas, Wise Choices Pregnancy Resources Center and Chewy’s Hope Dog Rescue.

During a time of inflation where we are all paying more for basic needs, these organizations and groups are facing the same increases in expenses and need some help.

And as Martin Woodruff has reminded me many times, the United Way of Wise County helps out many of the organizations locally and all money it receives stays here to help. So, if you are looking for a way to provide an impact with your donations, the United Way of Wise County is a good place to start.

As you have so many times in the past stepped up to help and open your pocket books, please find a little time and a few pennies to help these great causes Thursday. It’s our opportunity to make Wonderful Wise even a little more wonderful.

Richard Greene is the editor of the Messenger.

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