Charities in Texarkana benefited from the generosity of area donors during East Texas Giving Day, the region’s recognized day of giving to support local nonprofits.

The online fundraising effort began at 6AM on Tuesday, April 30th, and ended at midnight. Based on preliminary results, donors contributed $167,000 for Bowie County nonprofits and $1.3 Million over all to support the causes they care about in 32 East Texas counties, according to the press release.

“East Texas residents showed their generosity and connection to their communities,” said Kyle Penney, President of East Texas Communities Foundation, which host this year’s event. “Nonprofit organizations spent countless hours getting the word out about the needs facing our region, and our region responded by donating. It’s a community effort we can all be proud of.”

During East Texas Giving Day, nonprofit organizations encouraged their donors and the public to make charitable donations online at www.EastTexasGivingDay.org. Donors could choose among 185 participating charities, and make donations starting at just $10. Throughout the day, some donations were eligible to be matched by donations already pledged by individuals to select nonprofits.

East Texas Giving Day benefited nonprofits of all sizes. Preliminary results show, Bowie County charities with Texarkana College Foundation receiving the most contributions for a total of $45,273 , followed by Caddo Area Council raising $41,109 and St. James Day School with $21,334.