ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Today is Giving Tuesday, which is also known as the unofficial holiday National Day of Giving. It’s a big day for non-profits that depend on thousands of dollars in donations, like Open Hand Atlanta.
The organization’s IT Director Mike Gerber joined the countless workers and volunteers who found ways to do good for Giving Tuesday. “We know that the food we’re providing our clients is nutritious,” he said.
Open Hand Atlanta prepares and delivers up to 5,000 healthy meals a day to help people fight chronic diseases. They’ve served more than a million meals so far this year, and today, it’s part of a national movement. “To be a part of that, it just feels good,” Gerber said. “So grateful to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits for coordinating it here in Georgia and so grateful to our donors who are stepping up today,” said Open Hand Atlanta Executive Director Matthew Pieper.
The Levison Family Trust donated $10,000 of the more than $27,000 Open Hand collected as of the afternoon. An anonymous donor matched their contribution. Their goal is $33,000, representing their 33 years of supporting the community. “I had always been very impressed with their mission, because they are looking for long term solutions,” said Andy Levison, a grandson of Jarvin Levison, a local attorney. His granddad, who just turned 94 years old today, established the trust 10 years ago and entrusted his grandchildren with doing the research to select which local organizations to donate to. This year, they selected Open Hand Atlanta for the first year. “We’ve helped dozens and dozens of organizations over the last decade,” Andy Levison said. “We could not do what we do every day if it were not for the Metro Atlanta community. We absolutely rely on their philanthropic spirit,” said Pieper.
Open Hand Atlanta is hoping to win a prize for getting the most individual donors by 11 p.m. on Giving Tuesday. For more information, click here.