Region 8 nonprofits benefit from day of giving

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - More than 14,750 Arkansans gave over $4 million to 600 Arkansas charities in just 12 hours Thursday.

It was part of the annual Arkansas Gives campaign.

Including bonus dollars and prizes, Arkansas nonprofits will receive nearly $4.5 million to further their missions.

"I am blown away by the generosity of the people of our state," Community Foundation CEO Heather Larkin said. "When we set the ambitious goal of $4 million we dreamed that it would be met, but the people of Arkansas made our dream a reality."

According to the Arkansas Gives website, the Go Near Ministry in Little Rock collected the most money of the small nonprofits. They received $54,308.

In the medium category, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival was the top earner. They collected $101,166.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra collected the most money for the day. It was in the large nonprofit category and received $163,596 in donations.

Region 8 nonprofits also benefited from the day of giving.

The Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranch in Batesville collected $25,766. That was the most dollars raised for a nonprofit in Northeast Arkansas.

Children's Homes, Inc. in Paragould came in second in NEA. They ended up with $25,727 in donations.

Hispanic Community Services, Inc. of Jonesboro, David E. Puryear Center, Inc. of Jonesboro, White County Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc., Jacob's Place Homeless Mission in Searcy, Center on the Square in Searcy and CASA of White County were also in the top 10 for Northeast Arkansas.

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