FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The donations collected in one day can make a huge impact all year long for hundreds of North Texas non-profit charities.

By early evening for this year’s North Texas Giving Day, more than 20 million dollars had been raised…and counting.

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Every dollar helps, says Erin Wilde. At one time, she needed help escaping an abusive relationship and turned to SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

“I was actually married to a football player and he was very physically abusive to me,” said Wilde.

Wilde says she was scared, didn’t have any money or a home, until the shelter took her in.

“They gave me the funds and backpacks and school supplies that I needed,” she recalled. “That’s one of the biggest worries with a victim, especially if you have kids because you don’t want them to not have a meal. You don’t want them to not have clothes on their backs.”

SafeHaven is one of hundreds of non-profits who participate in North Texas Giving Day. Donations are accepted online. The charities are listed on the website, including Legacy Boxer Rescue.

Last year, the group raised $19,000. This year, they are hoping to hit $30,000.

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The SPCA of Texas is also looking for donations. The non-profit posted a video of a puppy named Japser with a back leg injury. The SPCA says it will help him with donations made on giving day.

No matter what the cause, the participating non-profits say giving day is crucial to the rest of the year.

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