Abbott House Responds to Coronavirus Need with Give $5 Save Kids Lives – Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity

Mitchell/Rapid City –  Abbott House is meeting the immediate food and supply needs of children in our care by kicking off the Give $5 to Save Kids Lives campaign on May 5, #GivingTuesdayNow.     

As part of the Give $5 to Save Kids Lives Campaign, donors who make a gift to Abbott House on Tuesday, May 5th, #GivingTuesdayNow, will double their support with a matching gift up to $10,000.  

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  The day is designed to drive support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

“At this time, most of us cannot volunteer time, donate food or supplies, or share a cup of coffee, but we CAN give back,” Eric Klooz, Abbott House executive director, said.  “When we experience crisis like  the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together.  Generosity gives each of us the power to make a positive change in the lives of others.  It is a fundamental value any of us can act on.”

Additional expenses at the Abbott House caused by the coronavirus have well exceeded $30,000.  “Our foster homes are at or above capacity, meaning three meals a day for 8 to 10 people per home,” Klooz said.  “In addition, most of our young adults are not working for safety reasons, so Abbott House provides additional food and support to each of them.”

During May 5, #GivingTuesdayNow, Abbott House has chosen to pay tribute to foster parents, alumni, staff and donors who give our children hope and make our program successful.  During the day, Abbott House will share stories through social media and online on the YouTube Channel: Abbott House SD

Abbott House is asking everyone to Give $5 to Save Kids Lives.  “It doesn’t matter if it is $5, $55 or $500,” Klooz said.  “Every cent gives a child food and supplies needed to keep them safe and give them hope.  It’s a day for everyone to stand together and give back; regardless of who or where you are you can give back to Abbott House children or to one of your other favorite causes.  Generosity is not about size, it is about hope.  Call an elderly neighbor to check in on them; leave signs at our local food pantry or hospital, every act of kindness is a sign of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of kindness matters.”

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The global movement emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.

Those interested in joining Abbott House’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit https://abbotthouse.org/give5/ or call Abbott House at 605-996-2486.

Abbott House is a private charity that provides residential treatment services to youth between the ages of 7 and 23. The agency provides intensive residential treatment, therapeutic foster care and an independent living program.  The Abbott House is truly dedicated to providing services to children and families that promote personal development and foster responsible behaviors with others.