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Big Give 2018 encourages San Antonio to give back in a big way

Big Give 2018 encourages San Antonio to give back in a big way

San Antonio Food Bank volunteers
Both the San Antonio and New Braunfels food banks will be participating in this year's Big Give. San Antonio Food Bank/Facebook

San Antonians have long had a reputation for generosity, and on March 22 that goodwill will be on display during the Big Give 2018. Now in its fifth year, the annual one-day donation drive returns with its most ambitious fundraising goal yet.

Since 2014, Big Give has raised more than $15 million for area nonprofits, and this year, it's challenging San Antonians to raise $7 million during the 24-hour drive. Beginning at midnight on March 22, South Central Texans have exactly 24 hours to donate to area nonprofits located in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, Uvalde, and Wilson counties.

This year, the Big Give will open the donation channel beginning on March 15 to ensure everyone has the opportunity to give before the big day. (And note, any donations made between March 15-22 count towards the $7 million goal.) In addition to monetary donations, the Big Give also encourages locals to take part in day-of volunteer opportunities.

To take part in 2018's Big Give, organizations had to register and be approved by February 22. With more than 600 registered organizations participating in 2018, nonprofits include everything from animal advocacy to homelessness to child welfare. Finding a cause to support is relatively easy using the Big Give database, which can be found by here

According to the Big Give website, donations are dispersed to the organizations within 36-48 hours after the drive ends. Participants are also encouraged to follow along via social media at #biggive2018 to find out how to get involved in their communities on March 22 and beyond.