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Giving Tuesday may inspire more donations

After a busy holiday shopping weekend, philanthropy may be on the minds of some people during what is called “Giving Tuesday”

Email “in” boxes have been peppered with reminders. Some groups have matching donations to go with any charitable giving on this special day.

The surge in weekend buying both in stores and on line could be a good indicator of a possible increase in contributions for those in need.

David Turpin, a Santa Barbara attorney says, he was not aware of another day with another nickname. He gives regularly already to environmental causes and says he will continue to help local groups.

“I’m familiar with Heal the Ocean and Channelkeeper. They are the two I primarily support,” said Turpin.

Santa Barbara’s Unity Shoppe helps thousands in the county throughout the year, with food, toys and clothing.

Executive Director Tom Reed says food donations are welcomed, but cash goes farther through their organizational connections. “You can designate a donation for food and we can leverage that and we can buy a lot more than you can buy,” said Reed. He also says they will send a truck for some donations and do all the lifting. In addition to non perishables Unity needs chickens and other frozen meats.

Jan Hornbuckle says she is new to the town and looking for charities to help. She says, “I think the economy is better and I hope people are (donating more).”

Tuesday evening Eureka! burgers at the Paseo Nuevo Mall was giving a portion of the sales to the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara until midnight, as part of Giving Tuesday.

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