Giving Tuesday

Nov 26, 2012 by

Giving Tuesday logoHere’s a cool idea you may not yet have heard about: Giving Tuesday. It’s set for tomorrow, November 27th. You can learn all about it at the Giving Tuesday website, but the basic idea, from the organization’s mission statement, is “to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season [that] celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.”

A Day for Giving Back

Giving Tuesday puts it nicely: “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals….Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?” Here’s a very short inspirational video to help give you the idea.

Ideas for Getting Involved with Giving Tuesday

Many of us yearn for a holiday season that’s less about loot and more about people. From Giving Tuesday’s website, here are some concrete ideas:

  • Honor the people in your community who keep everyone safe and healthy. Prepare a meal and deliver it to their place of work. Keep it simple, healthy and tasty. Include hand made cards, placemats, and thank you notes so that everyone in the family gets to contributes something. Deliver the meal together as a family. It is especially meaningful to share this moment together.
  • Have a family conversation about your favorite foods and the healthy foods you having been trying to eat.  Take some of those foods from your cabinets (non perishable) and bring them to your local food pantry.
  • As a family, empty your pockets and your piggy banks once every month! Collect 10% (or whatever percent you decide) of the money, and decide together where you want that money to go in your community.
  • Home Treasure Hunt! Look in your closets at home …kitchen tools, dishes, towels and sheets, toys, books, school supplies. Collect what is not being used, what hasn’t been used in a long time, and the extras you have, and donate to a program that sets up families in new homes.
  • Keep your family’s commitment to giving alive throughout the year! As a family, take out a calendar and mark four days on the calendar (one in each season works well) that are not connected to traditional holidays. Donate food to your local food pantry on those days. Most places are flooded with donations of gifts and food around the holidays. It’s the other times in the year that are more challenging.
  • “Change of Season” – At the beginning of each new season, think of one specific item that is needed. For instance, gloves and hats for winter, socks for fall, T-shirts for summer, etc. Do a collection in your neighborhood, building, or school for just that one item and donate. The younger children enjoy counting up the number of items that have been collected.
  • Give up a meal as a family and donate the money you would have spent to your favorite charity.
  • Hold a neighborhood yard or bake sale and donate proceeds to an organization in need.
  • Talk as a family about causes that are important to you, perhaps one that has had an impact on your family. Research to find a walk, bike ride, or run supporting that cause and join in as a team. Get your family, friends, and neighbors to support you. Set a goal and raise it for your cause.
  • For an entire week or two, everyone in the family skips the “extras” Take the money you would have spent on after school treats, a special ice cream, or coffees from your favorite vendor, and collect it all in a jar. Watch it mount and donate to your local food pantry to help others get the essentials foods they need.

Be Social—Share Your Giving

And here’s another very short video—this one done by Mashable COO Sharon Feder—asking you to share through social media how you’re giving back this season, to inspire others.

What Do You Think?

Might Giving Tuesday inspire you to action? How do you think you and your family’s holiday season would be affected if you embraced the spirit of Giving Tuesday and gave back in some way that’s meaningful to you?

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