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Stop what you’re doing and log onto the Internet — it’s time to give to our nonprofits.

Wednesday, March 20, is Arizona Gives Day.

It’s one day for residents to give back to the nonprofits that give each and every day to the community we call home.

Sedona Red Rock News Managing Editor Trista Steers MacVittieWe need them, and they also need us to support their work financially.

There is a nonprofit for everything in our area. From arts and entertainment to helping homeless animals and people struggling with hunger, organizers step up all the time and form groups to take on the burden.

Looking at the list of nonprofits registered for the cyber fundraiser, it’s obvious the community is built upon the foundation of nonprofits.

As the word “nonprofit” obviously implies, these organizations do their work with minimal, if any, financial gain.

We all know from our personal finances, it isn’t possible to operate anything, much less an organization, without an equal flow of cash coming in and cash going out.

This is where nonprofits rely heavily on the communities they serve.

Even the groups that charge for services or offer experiences considered entertainment rather than necessity need support outside of the sale of goods to exist in a rural area.

Let’s face it. We’re spoiled as far as services offered for the size of our slice of Northern Arizona heaven.

We’ve got the basics covered to help those in need — animal shelters, food banks, Meals on Wheels, caregivers — and we’ve got the extras to improve the quality of life for area residents — entertainment, environmental awareness.

Arizona Gives Day provides one new vehicle to support nonprofits.

Luckily for our nonprofits, the majority of people are aware of everything they do for residents and are willing to help when they can, supporting them even when they aren’t prompted by a state-wide giving effort.

Our nonprofits also benefit from support organizations such as the Sedona Community Foundation, which collects money and distributes it to groups each year, while also drawing attention the need for financial giving.

Take a moment and think about your activities. Did you find your wonderful animal companion at a local shelter or with a rescue group? Do you enjoy watching plays, operas and concerts? Have you or someone you know needed food when they were down on their luck, or delivery of nutritious meals because they couldn’t leave their home?

All of those services are made possible by our community nonprofits.

So boot up that computer, log onto and say “thank you” with a donation to an organization that’s touched your life.

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