The Galt community has a proud, decades-old tradition of giving. From parents organizing carnivals to raise funds for various school equipment to hundreds of pounds of bacon and dozens of frozen turkeys collected each year to provide a community Thanksgiving meal – and there can’t be a winter in Galt without half a dozen crab-feed fundraisers – the people of Galt have always supported their local nonprofits.

This spring’s coronavirus situation and the state’s stay-at-home order has forced nonprofits across the Sacramento region to cancel their annual fundraisers that were vital to their success in supporting their programs and projects. However, one fundraiser lives on.

The Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraiser organized by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, is still set to start tomorrow, May 7.

Donors can stay at home and contribute funds to nonprofits throughout the Capital region by simply visiting the Big Day’s website.

Several events around town have already been canceled due to the pandemic, and others may also succumb to the inevitable.

But, despite the inability to attend your favorite crab feed or ladies tea, May 7 is still an exciting day to await.

Local nonprofits participating this year are the Galt Area Historical Society, California FFA Foundation, Performing Animal Welfare Society, and Hope for Horses, Inc.

Galt Area Historical Society

This will be the Galt Area Historical Society’s first year participating in the Big Day of Giving, with projects that need your help. The Liberty Schoolhouse has been moved to the Rae House Museum grounds and is awaiting restoration. The Rae House museum itself needs a historical display upgrade, and the organization has been saving money for its large Historic Events Center to be built at the McFarland Living History Ranch.

Funding is needed to keep all of the society’s historic properties open for tours, acquire and restore other historic properties, keep the children’s programs running and acquire Galt area historical artifacts.

California FFA Foundation

Although a state program, the California FFA Foundation calls the Galt area home.

The foundation is seeking support for the Leadership Development Continuum; Gift of Blue Program, which provides a jacket and tie or scarf for members in need; historical preservation displays for the rotunda at the center; and general financial support for phase two of the center, which will provide additional meeting and conference space.

Hope for Horses

Hope for Horses takes in horses in need from many different circumstances, including abusive and neglectful situations, owners who can no longer care for them, former race horses, and horses from facilities where they are kept pregnant to produce Premarin, an estrogen replacement drug.

Donated funds will go toward maintaining the horses and ranch, and helping to provide education and knowledge by providing lesson programs and clinics, thereby creating more homes for horses, as well as help pay for veterinary care.

Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

PAWS is dedicated to the protection of performing animals; providing sanctuary to abused, abandoned and retired captive wildlife; enforcing the best standards of care for all captive wildlife; the preservation of wild species and their habitat; and promoting of public education about captive wildlife issues.

Donations to PAWS will help with the expansion of bull elephant habitats, construction of four additional big cat habitats and construction of a specialized habitat for elderly bears, all of which are at the ARK 2000 Sanctuary.

To contribute to these local nonprofits, go to www.bigdayofgiving.org to make a donation. All major credit cards are accepted (Mastercard, Visa, Discover, Amex), and the minimum donation allowed is $15.

There is a 5.2% transaction fee on all donations made through the system. The donation form does offer the ability for you to cover this fee.

Cameron McDonald contributed to this story.