How Will You Give Back On #GivingTuesday?

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#GivingTuesday encourages people worldwide to help the less fortunate (Credit: #GivingTuesday.com)

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about finding the best deals on holiday gifts for yourself and family members, Giving Tuesday serves a more altruistic purpose. Observed annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it encourages people to help those in need by making financial donations or doing good in their local community. The “Global Day of Giving” was started in 2012 by New York City nonprofit 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.

In its first year, the movement brought in almost $10 million for charities, and things have only improved since. In 2019, the numerous #GivingTuesday social media campaigns worldwide helped raise an astounding $1.9 billion from 27 million donors! Over the past five years, many higher education institutions have also been using the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to ask alumni for donations. In 2019, the University of Michigan, which calls it Giving Blueday, received 5,887 gifts totaling over $4 million, while Pennsylvania State University raised $710,000 to benefit over 85 university programs and initiatives.

#GivingTuesday has been extremely popular with both individuals and corporations (Credit: Aplos.com)

Though donating money certainly helps, there are many other ways to support the great cause, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can video tutor kids struggling with online learning, or team up with an adult to get groceries or medications for an elderly neighbor. Alternatively, enlist your peers to help you with a service project that addresses an issue close to your heart, or pick one from the several ideas suggested on the #GivingTuesday website.

You can also donate your gently-used clothes and toys to local shelters, or mail a handwritten note to a grandparent or friend you miss seeing. Social media experts can contribute by sharing information about this worthwhile endeavor online. Even small, easy gestures such as opening a door for a stranger, or smiling at one, qualify.

What are you going to do to make a positive difference in your community on #GivingTuesday? Let us know by adding your comments below!

Resources: givingtuesday.org

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  • the_slayerqueen
    My class is donating cans and food that doesn't need to be refrigerated to people.
    • jbeast838734
      jbeast83873410 months
      #Giving Tuesday
      • im_carly_shay
        im_carly_shayover 1 year
        OMG this is so sad i hate that i can't see my family. AND MY FAV STORE GOT CLOSED AND I HATE HOPPING ON GOOGLE MEETS! Yes i will dontate!!
        • pinkkitty9
          pinkkitty9over 1 year
          I love the kind thoughts put in to this holiday, celebration or what ever you want to call it but this is a great way to show kindness.❤️
          • unipug2
            unipug2over 1 year
            We should all give back to our community. My class donated toys and other things to the Cunningham Children’s Home.
            • marysiah
              marysiahalmost 2 years
              I love how nice this is. If you agree.follow some of my friends who are as caring as him. Such as Firegod essences9 maybe me😅
              • ochaco
                ochacoalmost 2 years
                I'm so happy that everyone's giving back to each other, I feel like we should do it all the time not just on Giving Tuesday I love this DOGO news article!
              • marysiah
                marysiahalmost 2 years
                So happy that people in need get the things they need. I'm also happy we have nice people in the world. Make me feel good and safe.I'm once in life will do something in life like this.😏
                • nacelanu-158575728276
                  nacelanu-158575728276almost 2 years
                  omg i know
                  • dogzzz
                    dogzzzalmost 2 years
                    This is an awesome idea!!