BEND, Ore. – KIDS Center, Central Oregon’s only child abuse intervention center, has teamed up with six local businesses in the Bend area for their second #GivingTuesday campaign.

Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has kicked off the giving season, annually following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday has become one of the biggest fundraising days for nonprofits around the world, raising $168 million dollars online last year. #GivingTuesday’s unique message promotes philanthropy that is specific to the donor, encouraging each to give in their own way, whether that is through time, goods, money, or their voice.

Since its inception in 1994, KIDS Center has been a grassroots effort – built by the community, for the community.

Shelly Smith, KIDS Center’s Executive Director, shares:

“As a private non-profit which receives no taxpayer funding, KIDS Center has been able to continue the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of child abuse through individual and corporate donations and the generosity of the Central Oregon community. The #GivingTuesday partnership model continues this effort.”

Jazzercise Bend Fitness Center, Leapin’ Lizards Toy Co., Nancy P’s Cafe & Bakery, Pinnacle Architecture,, and Struble Orthodontics have each chosen to partner with KIDS Center for #GivingTuesday by hosting a giving drive at their business on November 28th.

These businesses want to inspire the community to get involved. Participants who wish to take part in this spirit of philanthropy can simply stop by one of these local businesses and contribute to a giving drive. See what kind of drive each business is hosting at

In addition to these giving drives, KIDS Center is delighted to announce that a long-time KIDS Center advocate and donor, will match #GivingTuesday donations, dollar for dollar, on November 28th. Community members are encouraged to donate via text message by texting @KIDS to 52014 or on KIDS Center’s website. Visit for more information.

About KIDS Center:
Built by the community and for the community, KIDS Center is dedicated to the prevention, evaluation and treatment of all forms of child abuse. In a child-friendly environment, KIDS Center provides comprehensive medical evaluations to children who may have been abused, seeking to find out what has happened and to provide a path to healing through family support and therapeutic services. KIDS Center served 2,666 children and families in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties, at zero cost to them, in 2016. Information about KIDS Center, including services provided and annual reports, can be found at

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