The Extraordinary Give event is raising cash for more than 300 charities throughout Lancaster County and it's all being done online where people can give to the charity of their choice. "It's a great way to not only raise dollars for organizations and causes that we care about, but it's also a great way to rally as a community," said Melody Keim who works for the Lancaster County Community Foundation which organized the event.
Last year the group raised more than $3 million dollars and this year it could be even more. The money goes to groups that help the homeless and hungry as well as animals in need, like the Pet Pantry in Lancaster. "This is our first year working with the Extraordinary Give. So far it's been amazing. The generosity of the community, it really just has blown us away," said Bryan Langlois who is a co-founder and medical director of the Pet Pantry.
The Pet Pantry relies almost entirely on donations to help struggling families feed their pets. They also find homes for strays and have roughly forty animals that need to be adopted. The Pet Pantry also doles out roughly ten thousand pounds of food every single month. Events like the Extraordinary Give are crucial to be able to afford that. Because the event is raising money entirely online it allows charities like the Pet Pantry to gain access to donors who they otherwise wouldn't have been able to reach. "It's a good way for organizations that haven't had the ability to solicit donations to kind of get their toes in the water with that," said Keim. The event ends Friday at 11:59PM. To donate to the charity of your choice CLICK HERE.