Today, Give 270 presented a $1,515 donation to Helping Hand of Hope to support this year’s Affordable Christmas program. Affordable Christmas allows local families to shop for their children at a discounted rate and come home with over $150 worth of presents to put under their tree.
Funds were raised by Marnie Clagett, owner of Clagett Photography, and Crowne Pointe Theatre during the inaugural “Christmas in July” event featuring a public showing of the Christmas classic movie, “Elf.” Varying priced ticket tiers allowed movie-goers to make their experience interactive with fake snowballs, snacks, and a script with prompts to join along with the cast during the movie. Proceeds from the event benefited Give 270.
“The idea for Christmas in July came from a desire to bring a fun, family-friendly event to our community, all while giving back to an important cause,” said Clagett. “We thought about who we might be able to partner with to support their efforts in the community and Give 270 was the perfect choice.”
Give 270 and Clagett identified Affordable Christmas as a worthy recipient of the donation.
“Give 270 is honored to be the local nonprofit that organizations choose to partner with when they want to give back,” said Give 270 co-founder, Kenny Rambo. “When Marnie announced the theme of the event, we immediately thought of Helping Hand of Hope and their Affordable Christmas program.”
Helping Hand of Hope Director Hope Burke said this year’s Affordable Christmas program will serve over 700 children in Hardin County.
“This year’s Affordable Christmas will be our biggest to date with the amount of children being served,” Burke said. “We couldn’t do it without the support of our community and organizations like Give 270.”
To date, Give 270 has raised more than $600,000 benefiting causes ranging from meeting basic needs to mentoring and education initiatives in Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties.