By Mike Hazlip—
The annual Big Day of Giving fundraiser held earlier this month by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation brought in more than $3,000 for the Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART).
HART spokeswoman Kathilynn Carpenter told The Sentinel the organization received $3,800 from 45 donors over the course of the 24-hour fundraiser on May 6. Carpenter said there were 26 new donors this year.
The organization also received a $500 “Newbie Award” from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, according to Carpenter.
Additional funds came from a promotion with El Tapatio and Armenian Grill that brought in $350, and HART received a $10,000 grant from the county to help prevent evictions through rental assistance.
HART provides resources and assistance to members of the community who have unstable housing, or are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers offer clothing and hygiene products as well as hot showers and meals during scheduled events throughout the year, among other efforts.
The Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s website shows Elk Grove HART received 120 donations totaling $24,352, Carmichael HART received $4,480 through 46 donations, and HART of Folsom received 66 donations for a total of $22,387.
Overall, 66,097 donations to 688 organizations have raised $13,256,338 for charities in the Sacramento region, according to preliminary numbers released by the foundation.