Friends of Barron Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Friends of Barron

Photo from a free clinic sponsored by Friends of Barron: Dr. Bonnie McGuire Wreschner of Greenwich Hospital ER, Lisa Brennan RN, Madeline Tirado RN and Dawn Martin RN with two mexican patients. The nurses are all from Fairfield County. Contributed photo

Friends of Barron Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement Pledges to Build a Permanent Medical Clinic in the poor Mexican town of Barron, Sinaloa.

Friends of Barron, a local charity, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

For the past 15 years, Friends of Barron has helped build a small, poor Mexican town named Barron.  We have build schools, sent kids to college, and sponsored free medical and dental clinics in a place where these basic human needs are difficult to meet.

In January 2018, Friends of Barron will be breaking ground to build a permanent Medical Clinic, and they are seeking to raise $50,000 to do so.

Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US), as well as the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the holiday giving season. The idea is to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving.

In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in.

Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y.

“As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation,” Timms continued.

Those who are interested in joining Friends of Barron’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.crowdrise.com/friendsofbarron to donate.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

Go to www.crowdrise.com/friendsofbarron to donate, or to www.fobnews.org to learn more about Friends of Barron and all we have accomplished.


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