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Starting at 8 a.m., Tuesday (Nov 28), donations to Ocracoke Alive, Ocracoke Foundation and Ocracoke Preservation Society can go twice as far since donations made on that day may be eligible for matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Two million dollars in matching funds from the Gates Foundation through a collaboration with Facebook will only be available until they run out. So, donations should be made as close to 8 a.m. as possible, though donations can be made throughout the day.

Donations should be made on each charity’s Facebook page. Scroll down in each charity’s page to find the donation link.

“Ocracoke Alive relies largely upon individual donations for growing our mission,” said David Tweedie, executive director. “Many of these funds come from our ‘extended family’ . . . non-residents, who have fallen in love with the island and wish to lend their support.”

Tweedie said Facebook will waive their fees that day and report the giving totals to the Gates Foundation.

According to, entering its sixth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the United States) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

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