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Local organizations participate in 'Giving Tuesday'

SPOKANE, Wash. - Just like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday before it, 'Giving Tuesday' is getting bigger every year.

This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering with Facebook to match up to $2 million in donations to fundraisers held on the social media site by non-profit organizations. If you log on to the site, you'll also see they are waiving their typical 5 percent fee on donations for the day.

Locally, United Healthcare is matching the first $25,000 in gifts to Second Harvest, the organization that feeds 55,000 people each week in the greater Spokane area. One dollar goes a long way with the hunger-relief network, providing 5 meals. 

Diaper and formula donations were already off to a great start in the days leading up to 'Giving Tuesday' at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Tuesday morning, though they were surprised with a $20,000 check from Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU).

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery provides immediate refuge and support for children when families are in crisis. They serve over 5,000 children a year. Each child they help costs about $300 and with not enough resources to accommodate the demands, the organization says they've had to turn some families away in the last year. They're hoping this donation and other 'Giving Tuesday' donations will change that.