In America, you would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t know what the words Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean. These words are now infused into our cultural identity and have become the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Now don’t get me wrong, giving can be nice (and if you would like to give gifts that do good–then it’s twice as nice!) But a new campaign to urge Americans to not only give, but give back, is launching on a grand scale this year.
It’s called Giving Tuesday. And you can be a part of it!
“The goal is to launch a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday shopping season and to show that holiday shopping can be about both giving and giving back.
People everywhere,including retailers, charities, online organizations, community centers, individuals, families and more, will come together with one common purpose ‐‐ to help others and incentivize ways to give more, give smarter, and celebrate the great American spirit of contribution.
Giving Tuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.”
Sounds pretty good, huh? So let’s spread the word and add one more day to our holiday vocabulary. Go to http://givingtuesday.org/ to learn more.
So how are we going to recognize Giving Tuesday around here? I’m not really sure yet. I’m going to call a family meeting tonight and see what we can do. Although we have many charities and organizations that we like to support, I think we will focus on our local community this Giving Tuesday. Here are some ideas I’m brewing in my head at the moment:
- donate some of our children’s books to the local library
- collect food donations to take to our local animal shelter
- collect food and clothing donations for our local organization that helps families in need
- donate toys to local families in need this Christmas
What ideas do you have? Will you celebrate Giving Tuesday along with me?! Please help by spreading the word and let’s make this a yearly tradition. I’ll report back later this week and let you know how we did! I also want to share some holiday pictures of the family, so stay tuned….
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