Giving Tuesday 2013

Dec 2, 2013 by

#givingtuesday logoToday maybe you’re licking your financial and perhaps physical wounds from Black Friday’s kick-off of the holiday season’s now traditional consumption orgy. I observed International Buy Nothing Day Friday, and I stayed away from all retail venues except grocery stores over the weekend. What a pleasure to choose not to participate!

#GivingTuesday

Tomorrow is the day to focus on something more rewarding: GivingTuesday.

From the organization’s website:

What is #GivingTuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back.  On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

How Your Family Can Get Involved

If this is the first you’ve heard of #GivingTuesday and you want to participate, it’s not too late! To jumpstart the brainstorming in your household, here are a few ideas from #GivingTuesday:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “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.
  • Hold a neighborhood yard or bake sale and donate proceeds to an organization in need.
  • 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.
  • Teach the next generation about the importance of pro bono service. Read them Mommy and Daddy Do It Pro Bono to introduce all the budding professionals in your life to pro bono.

Get Inspired by #GivingTuesday

Here’s a cool video about #GivingTuesday some Brown University students made for last year’s event.

Holiday Spirit

The legendary “holiday spirit” isn’t rooted in a shopping mall. I encourage you to renew the real holiday spirit inside you by participating in #GivingTuesday or making other plans to help those less fortunate than you during this season. And get your kids involved too!

How do you give back?

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