CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Public donations for the "Lift the Lowcountry" campaign soared Tuesday, with the final total coming in only a couple thousand dollars short of $2.5 million.
The campaign, which is part a larger national effort called "Give Local America," is rallying the community to make gifts that support local causes. Hundreds of community foundations nationwide are involved in the 24-hour event and nearly 100 non-profit organizations across the Lowcountry are encouraging the public to donate.
When the day of giving came to an end, 6,677 donations were made, raising $2,494,023.13 for local organizations. More than $100,000 was raised for the Charleston Animal Society, Spoleto Festival USA, and Ashley Hall, while the Charleston Symphony Orchestra lead the way with $132,236.
The event is headed up by Coastal Community Foundation. Throughout the day, many of the non-profits will be holding events to encourage the support. But, the biggest platform for the effort is the internet.
Donors and supporters are encouraged to give online at lowcountrygivingday.org. Then, Tweet, Facebook, instagram your donation. #LiftTheLowcountry is the hash tag that is expected to trend throughout the day.
Officials say 94 organizations are participating in the cause around the Lowcountry, with 84 from Charleston and 10 from the Beaufort area.
You can also track how SC is doing nationally by visiting givelocalamerica.org.
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