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Throughout December, the CoMo Gives campaign raises money for 138 nonprofit organizations in Central Missouri.

Four Jefferson City organizations have been chosen as participants in the campaign for 2019:

• The Council for Drug Free Youth, an organization of volunteers who collaborate to provide education and to promote drug-free lifestyles among youth in Mid-Missouri.

• Missouri KidsFirst, a group that works to prevent and intervene in child abuse and neglect, thereby improving the quality of life for Missouri children.

• HALO Foundation, which provides homes for boys and girls ages 16-21 and their children who are in homeless or high-risk situations.

• Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association, which provides stability and permanency for abused and neglected children by empowering and advocating for foster, adoptive and kinship families in Central Missouri.

Visit to donate to any of the organizations individually or in groups.

All money raised — minus credit card fees — goes directly to the participating nonprofits.

This is the first year the Council for Drug Free Youth has been chosen to participate in the program. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 through the online fundraising effort, volunteer Kenisha Gransberry said.

“Council for Drug Free Youth will be doing different things on social media to try to raise money,” Gransberry said.

CDFY can be found on Facebook at

CMFCAA, which has been involved over the past three years, hopes to raise $5,000 through the online effort, said Leslie Jacobs, CMFCAA human resources and strategic development specialist. Learn more about the organization at

“We did meet our goal last year. We reached our goal because we had a sizable donation,” she said. “We use Facebook and social media for the CoMo Gives campaign. Hopefully, that will raise awareness as well.”

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