How to Impact Children on #GivingTuesday

It’s #GivingTuesday! Today, we’re celebrating a global charity event that takes place every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s designed to combat the commercialism of Black Friday with a world-wide emphasis on philanthropy that kicks off the giving season.

If you haven’t decided where you’ll give today, we hope you’ll consider an organization that’s close to our hearts: Sunrise Children’s Services.


What is Sunrise Children’s Services?


Sunrise is a faith-based nonprofit that has supported children and families across Kentucky since 1869. It began in the first few, chaotic years after the Civil War, when violence had torn families apart and left many children orphaned. A group of Baptist ladies began an orphanage that, over the next couple centuries, evolved into Sunrise.

Today, this organization impacts thousands of lives by providing “care and hope for hurting families and children through Christ-centered ministries.” These ministries include adoption, foster care, independent living, psychiatric treatment, therapeutic residential care, and more. In fact, Sunrise Children’s Services has supported more than 470 adoptions since establishing its foster-to-adopt program in 2006.


How can I impact children?


Of course, we’re encouraging you to forever change the lives of precious children with a GivingTuesday donation to Sunrise. But if you’re not able to give financially, there are always other ways to support this nonprofit.


  • Pray—Ask God to bless Sunrise’s efforts to support struggling families and protect abused children.
  • Raise awareness—Post about the organization and its mission on social media so more people have the opportunity to care for these precious boys and girls.
  • Get your kids involved—Encourage your children to give back through the Miles of Pennies program.
  • Fight hunger—Help feed the roughly 130 youths in Sunrise’s six residential programs by donating any Walmart gift cards you might receive for Christmas or other occasions.
  • Become a foster parent—Take a bigger step toward impacting children by becoming a foster parent yourself. You don’t need to be married or a homeowner—you just need a big, open heart.