Back in September, the city of Denton participated in the largest day of charitable giving in the nation, the annual North Texas Giving Day, with more than 60 nonprofits participating in raising money for those in need in the DFW area.
Now a month later, some of the charities are looking forward and planning what the money raised will be used for.
One charity, Good Samaritan Society of Lake Dallas, which was involved in the charity events in the Denton Square last month, has made their decision on allocation of the funds.
“We [raised] funds this year to support a new art studio on our campus to encourage our seniors to learn something new and provide a place for artists to express themselves,” director of resource development for Good Samaritan Society, Laura Wells, said. “Art for seniors increases memory and assists in overall health and well-being.”
The Good Samaritan Society of Lake Dallas runs an 80-acre senior living community which offers apartments and town homes for long-term residents as well as those partaking in their rehabilitation services, according to their website.
With the addition of an art studio, the group hopes to help patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s by providing services through art to keep their minds active and their memories intact.
Organizations like this rely on events like Giving Day to gain access to funds for otherwise impossible amenities.
“I did give [on Giving Day] but I did it online,” sophomore marketing major Nicole Messner said. “I heard about it from a friend…and I thought it sounded like a super cool idea. I’m glad that people like [Good Samaritan] are gonna do things like that with the money.”
This year, North Texas Giving Day raised $37 million for over 2,500 charities. These numbers have once again set a national record, according to the North Texas Giving Day website.
With this kind of support from the community, it makes it possible for organizations like the Good Samaritan Society of Lake Dallas to help and serve the community more effectively.