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Take part in something charitable

December 3, 2013
The Review

Today is being recognized as the National Day of Giving. Why not celebrate it?

Many of you participated in Black Friday and Cyber Monday - two days dedicated to consumer shopping, and the massive amount of money that's obviously associated with it.

Why not give back?

With #GivingTuesday, it's a day set aside to give to those in need. A movement, if you will, to encourage people to donate to charity.

Only in its second year, #GivingTuesday (the hashtag is used to promote the event via social media) started as the brainchild of the 92nd Street Y, a community and cultural center in New York City. The United Nations Foundation later joined and the partnership seems to have flourished.

According to media accounts, $10 million in online donations was processed - via software company Blackbaud, which serves nonprofits - on #GivingTuesday in 2012.

There is, however, no exact data on how much the campaign raised. Why? Because #GivingTuesday (givingTuesday.org) is more than a dollar amount to a local charity. It's about helping those in need.

We urge you to do something today for someone in need. Take food to a local food bank. Donate clothes to a shelter. Give of your time (something as simple as shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor). Donate blood.

The holidays can bring stress, and we believe it can be soothed - if only for a bit - by doing something charitable.

Be a part of #GivingTuesday. Make a difference in someone's life.

 
 

 

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