TPWD Raises $335,000 In Three Weeks, But...
If only it were.
It's been about three weeks since the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department put out a frantic call for donations to make up for a $4.6 million budget shortfall caused by the drought.
How are they doing?
At first glance, it seems okay -- $335,000 has been raised, TPWD says. But that includes a single donation of $250,000, so the rest of Texas needs to pick up the pace by at least visiting state parks.
TPWD says it's happy with how the effort is going, though.
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"We are tremendously encouraged and very grateful that we've received upwards of $335,000 in barely three weeks, with steady donations continuing to come in," said Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executive director.
TPWD says that from Dec. 6 through the 27th, people had donated $64,826 online and another $20,685 has come through snail mail, including a single $10,000 check.
"Every donation, no matter the size, is important and appreciated," Smith said.
Ways to give:
-- Go to the website to make a tax-deductible, year-end donation. -- Make a donation when you renew your motor vehicle registration. -- Finally, because visitor fees pay for about half of park system operating costs, visit state parks often with family and friends.
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