We have had a day for giving thanks for a long time and the days that immediately follow for getting good shopping deals. For the past couple of years though we have had #Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. It's the Tuesday right after Thanksgiving, which is today. We're talking big time giving here folks. Many organizations are hoping for some hefty contributions today and I hope that some of you can oblige.
A little bit more about it all. First, the US website is at http://www.givingtuesday.org/ and gives you a lot of information. Canada is going it too and their website at http://givingtuesday.ca/ tells you a lot as well. UNICEF is a major partner in Giving Tuesday and you can get to their website by clicking HERE. Of course you can donate to your favorite charity. It doesn't have to be any particular organization.
Because yesterday was World AIDS Day, I have a number of AIDS organizations in my head, but as I said, the charity you give to is totally up to you. Don't have a lot of money? Perhaps you would like to take some of the funds you would normally use for gifts and instead donate it in the name of the people you would have bought gifts for. Now some folks might be more materialistic and moan about that, but I can tell you that I would be thrilled if you made a donation to one of my favorite charities (API Wellness Center, Lacuna Giving Circle, or Saint Dorothy's Rest) in my name.
If money is really tight, you might also consider today as a wake-up call to get involved and perhaps, instead of giving money, you can give some of your time. Many non-profits can always use volunteers.
So today, think about giving in a very special way. Make a difference this Giving Tuesday. Tell your family and your friends about it too!