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'Compassionate City' put to the test on Give Local Louisville Day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville’s status as a Compassionate City will be put to the test Thursday as people are asked to take part in a day of giving.

Sept. 15 is Give Local Louisville Day, a day where donations can be made to more than 600 local non-profit organizations using just one website.

This “giving day” was created by Community Foundation of Louisville.

“This day is really important, because it focuses the entire community on giving and giving local and giving to these organizations that are here in Kentuckiana,” said Cara Baribeau with the Community Foundation of Louisville.

Gilda’s Club Louisville is one of the organizations participating in Give Local Louisville Day.

Over the years, donations have helped the non-profit provide cancer support for men, women and children for nearly a decade with more than 100 free programs.

“Every donation, every event, every dollar that comes in here makes an impact for families, and we couldn’t do the work we do without our volunteers and our donors,” said Karen Morrison, the president and CEO of Gilda’s Club Louisville.

Derby City Dog Rescue also thrives on donations from the public.

The group pulls dogs from shelters, gets them healthy and puts them in forever homes.

“Most of the dogs that come to us need a substantial amount of medical care and the money to care from them, it’s quite expensive,” said Jeff Duff with Derby City Dog Rescue.

Give Local Louisville Day began in 2014. Last year, an estimated $3 million was collected for about 360 non-profit organizations.

There is a minimum donation of $10.

Community Foundation of Louisville and its sponsors will even add $1,000 to 30 of the donations made on Thursday.

For additional details and to donate, click here.

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