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Donor hoping to match monetary gifts to UMOM shelter on Giving Tuesday

Posted at 10:06 AM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 19:51:07-05

Among the many charities hoping to benefit from Giving Tuesday is Valley non-profit UMOM and an anonymous donor is hoping to provide some inspiration. 

The donor has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised in one day by the charity that is dedicated to helping homeless families in the Valley. UMOM says all funds raised will help provide the basic needs given to families who would otherwise be living on the streets. Their focus is to get those families back on their feet by providing apartments for families with children, free meals, day care and work programs for adults.

The Phoenix shelter houses 126 families and currently has a waiting list of 250. 

"About half those families are living on the street, or in parks or in cars. To me, homeless children, that's a given, we need to help get these homeless children off the street and that's where donations will go on giving Tuesday with the dollars we raise at UMOM." said CEO Danele Newsom.

Donations can be made in person at 3333 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix or online. Every dollar (up to $400 per person or $800 for couples) is tax deductible through the 'give to working poor' tax credit.