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.