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April 28 Deadline For East Texas Giving Day

PJC students (l-r) Jaida Muhammed, Rileigh Wright as Pyro, and Jamie-Lynn Parker helped out during last year’s East Texas Giving Day.

Paris Junior College and the PJC Memorial Foundation will join eight other local non-profit organizations for the official East Texas Giving Day (ETGD) on Tuesday, April 28. Due to the COVID-19 virus, we’ve jump-started everything, and the website now allows advanced gifts over the last two weeks. 

Donations are especially important right now as a critical relief fund provides PJC students with emergency resources, including access to laptop computers and wifi hotspots providing Internet as well as helping with unmet student needs throughout the year. The College’s specific link is www.easttexasgivingday.org/pjc, but you can reach all organizations by searching this website. 

“PJC is grateful to those donors who have supported the College on East Texas Giving Day in the last two years, and we welcome your participation again,” said PJC President, Dr. Pam Anglin. “Your gift allows the College to have a greater impact on our students as we move forward in these challenging times.” 

A generous matching gift from an anonymous donor for the third year has enhanced ETGD success or PJC. Matched dollar-for-dollar is the first $5,000 in donations received for 2020. Some have made advanced gifts to-date, and donors will have until midnight, April 28, to participate. 

East Texas Community Foundation of Tyler makes ETGD possible in 32 north and east Texas counties with over 190 non-profit organizations taking part this year. During the last two virtual events, 57 percent of all donors used their smartphones to commit. Gift levels start at $10 this year. Other Lamar County-based organizations taking part are Texas Dream Center, Texas Ramp Project, CitySquare Paris, The Salvation Army, Paris/Lamar County Habitat for Humanity, Northeast Texas Trail Coalition, Lighthouse for Christ Mission, and United Way of Lamar County. 

The website will be live now through midnight on Tuesday, April 28, 24 hours a day. We email donors a receipt once the gifting process is complete, according to Derald Bulls, PJC Director of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. Those preferring to make a gift by check should notify him, and he arranges to either pick it up or provide mailing information. To be included for the College’s match, we must receive donations before 5:00 pm on April 28. Every gift to PJC is tax-deductible. 

To track total donations, follow East Texas Giving Day on PJC’s Facebook page or the East Texas Giving Day or East Texas Community Foundation Facebook page. Look for updates on Twitter at @ParisJC, #ETGivingDay @ETCFGives. 

Should you have questions about Giving Day, please contact Bulls at (903) 782-0276 or dbulls@parisjc.edu.