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What your donation does for local non-profits

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - You've looked through your wallet and realized you have a few extra dollars to give during the holidays. But does that one, two, or five dollars really help that much?

"If you look overall at all the dollars that we raised About 1.4 million dollars comes from individuals," said Dustin Olson of the United Way. "About forty to fifty percent of that is coming from people that are giving those smaller amounts, so the five, 10,  and 15 dollars."

Collectively we can make a big impact but what if you take just one dollar to a local non-profit what does that do?

At the Beacon House which helps homeless families with children your small donation can really help.

"A dollar will buy a bus token for someone to get to work that day," said Executive Director of the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network Kelly Christianson.

What about some bigger bills in your wallet? Like five, 10, or 20 dollars?

"Five dollars could be a pair of mittens or something so that somebody doesn't get cold," said Christianson. "Ten dollars or 20 dollars can be gas cards for people to get to work"

At other non-profits those small donations can multiply in value like at The Community Table.

There's no donation too small," said Community Table Director, Rachel Keniston. "A dime can buy one dollar's worth of food at Feed my People food Bank. One dollar buys ten dollars worth of food. With that money we're able to provide really sound nutritious meals."

It's not just money that you can donate though.

"Any donations of furniture, household items, clothing we turn around and send them with our families as they leave us," said Associate Director of the Bolton Refuge House Kim Carey.

And there's even ways to give back if the only thing you can give is time.

"If you can't give but you want to contribute but still want to give back. I think volunteering would be the easiest way to contribute without having to give actual dollars," said Olson.

Even though it's the season of giving the need for your help doesn't stop when the Christmas lights turn off.

We like to say can you please remember us in July," said Christianson "Because our needs don't go away just because the calendar changes."

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