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Giving Tuesday helps Nashville charities

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Hundreds of teddy bears were donated to High Hopes in Franklin. (WSMV) Hundreds of teddy bears were donated to High Hopes in Franklin. (WSMV)

Cyber Monday is the name given to online shopping after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but Tuesday is all about giving.

Giving Tuesday has become a national campaign that encourages charitable donations to a favorite cause.

Bank of America dropped off checks at 10 Nashville nonprofits on Tuesday, including the Nashville Rescue Mission and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

At High Hopes in Franklin, hundreds of teddy bears were donated free of charged.

It didn’t take long to get the teddy bears out of the box and into the hands of children nurtured there.

For 31 years, High Hopes has served infants and young people up to age 21 with special needs and chronic diseases.

The teddy bears are a simple reminder that the community cares.

“We know Christmastime is all about children and what makes them happy, and a lot of children’s hearts were made very happy today,” said Gail Powell with High Hopes.

Bob Bernstein of Bongo Java hooked up with Bears for Humanity to provide the cuddly gifts for children.

“Well one, I love teddy bears,” Bernstein said. “It’s the giving season. Seemed like a good way to further our interests of teddy bears and community and being a part of everything.”

The giving also includes something less cuddly but just as welcome: cold hard cash. Last year, Giving Tuesday raised $16 million for Charities nationwide.

Nearly every charity and nonprofit agency in Middle Tennessee is participating in Giving Tuesday.

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