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Perfect time to donate

Most of us realize that we should be more generous in our charitable giving. But there are a lot of options out there, and we may not always know the best way to help. It can be confusing trying to filter through the agencies and organizations that are seeking our support.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s always best to go with someone you know. Local charities tend to serve local needs, and if you’re like us, you want to make sure that your donations are put to work right here at home.

Another way to make sure that your gift will be of maximum benefit is to participate in “Get Up and Give,” the fourth annual North Texas Giving Day. This online event gives nonprofit agencies an opportunity to get some exposure and start a relationship with new supporters, and it provides North Texas residents with a great way to help their charities of choice.

North Texas Giving Day is Thursday and it’s easy to participate. Donations can be made from 7 a.m. to midnight at Visit the website, and you’ll find a list of participating nonprofit agencies.

Not only is making a donation as easy as clicking a computer key or two, but donations of $25 or more made specifically via on Thursday to pre-approved nonprofit agencies will be multiplied from a pool of $1 million in challenge funds and grants. That means that gifts of $25 or more on Thursday will be matched by some percentage.

Challenge and prize funds have been contributed by Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation of North Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Lyda Hill, Hoblitzelle Foundation, Hunt Consolidated’s Hunt Cares Campaign, The Meadows Foundation, The Sid Richardson Foundation, Simmons Family Foundation and an anonymous donor, according to a press release.

In its first three years, the giving campaign pumped more that $19 million into the region, the press release stated. Last year, 13,500 donors gave more than $10.7 million to benefit more than 600 nonprofit agencies. The amount raised last year on North Texas Giving Day was more than double the amount raised in 2010.

The annual North Texas Day of Giving provides a perfect opportunity to support agencies that help others, and we can’t think of an organization that does a better job of helping than the United Way of Denton County. You’ll find United Way of Denton County on the list of pre-approved nonprofit agencies for North Texas Giving Day, and we hope that you’ll consider making a donation.

To accomplish its mission, United Way of Denton County focuses efforts on three areas: education, income and health, and it works with 22 partner agencies to bring positive changes to the local community.

September is United Way of Denton County Month in Denton County, and you can learn more about the agency and how to contribute by visiting .

United Way of Denton County is dedicated to improving lives in Denton County, and in our view, that’s a goal worth supporting.

So “Get Up and Give” on Thursday by going online to take part in North Texas Giving Day.