The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth is having a Day of Giving and ask that citizens please consider donating on Nov. 18. By giving at least $10 online to the Ark Center your donation will be doubled if you use a major credit or debit card during this event.

The Day of Giving will be going until midnight of the same day allowing everyone a full 24 hours to get involved. A donation to the center buys a day's diaper rash ointment/skin protectant for two newborn infants.

Thanks to the generosity of South Texas foundations, 35 local organizations will be receiving the matching funds when residents use their credit/debit cards for the day of giving activities. Financial gifts to the Ark Center or one of the other nonprofits involved in the Day of Giving will be matched dollar for dollar up to $14 thousand per agency.

To make a contribution on Nov. 18 log on to This is a dedicated website that will make giving a quick, easy and secure process, however if you do not have internet access one will be available at the shelter.