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Denton charities net $1.2 million on North Texas Giving Day

About 7,000 people gave more than $1.2 million to Denton County charities as part of North Texas Giving Day on Thursday. 

In its ninth year, North Texas Giving Day is a one-day fund drive organized by the Communities Foundation of Texas. The mostly online effort raised more than $39 million for about 2,700 charities in the region, about $2 million more than last year. The event included a special drive for Hurricane Harvey relief that raised about $370,000. 

Denton Animal Support Foundation had 339 contributions, although the donation total of $76,285 fell short of Coram Deo Academy. The private Christian school raised the most of the participating Denton County charities, a total of $91,723 from 189 donors. 

A total of 207 of the 218 Denton County charities that participated in the event received at least one donation Thursday. Here is a list of charities that received $20,000 or more during the event: 

Organizations Total gifts Total dollars
Coram Deo Academy 189 $91,723
Denton Animal Support Foundation 339 $76,285
Argyle Liberty Christian School 243 $44,845
Denton Freedom House 110 $42,578
DFW Rescue Me 446 $38,790
Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of North Texas 171 $38,226
Our Daily Bread, Inc. 147 $34,904
Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County 97 $29,374
Hearts For Homes 96 $26,675
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre 20 $23,600
Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home 76 $21,430
Christian Community Action 83 $21,427
Serve Denton 88 $21,140
Good Samaritan Society 90 $20,841
Humane Tomorrow 184 $20,775
Tarrant County Hands of Hope 31 $20,185

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. 

FEATURED PHOTO: Guests browse and visit with different local charities during Thursday's North Texas Giving Day at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square. North Texas Giving Day is a region-wide campaign sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas that helps local nonprofits raise money for their work.
Jeff Woo/DRC