Giving Tuesday nets Smokies $18,000

Friends of the Smokies raised more than $18,000 for Great Smoky Mountains National Park on GivingTuesday, far more than its $4,500 goal. 

GivingTuesday is a day inspiring people to give back to their communities by donating to nonprofit organizations. It was created as the non-profit world’s response to the post-Thanksgiving shopping blitz. 

Friends of the Smokies got $7,000 in matching funds for individual donations from Dalen Products, Inc., DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc., and one anonymous donor.

“Supporters of the national park stepped up to this challenge in a big way,” said Jim Hart, president of Friends of the Smokies. “Thank you to each and every person who made a donation and to our matching partners for their generous support.”

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