NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Middle Tennesseans were encouraged to support their local non-profits today by participating in The Big Payback event.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's founded the event to have people across the state come together and show their pride in their communities by contributing money to nonprofit organizations.
On Thursday, more than 950 non-profits were participating in the 24-hour online event.
George DeShields, 50, is a member of the non-profit Wounded Warrior Project. The organization started after 9-11 to help veterans.
DeShields spent 21 years in the Air Force. After transitioning back to civilian life, he suffers from post-traumatic stress and is battling cancer for the second time. DeShields joined the Wounded Warrior Project which helps veterans in a number of ways.
"And for those that can't participate in other events say the 5K, or another type of fundraiser this gives them another opportunity from their couch, from their desk, from their cell phone. Wherever they are they can just go online and donate," he said.
To donate to a Middle Tennessee non-profit, click here.