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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  • unipug2
    unipug2Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:41 am
    We should all give back to our community. My class donated toys and other things to the Cunningham Children’s Home.
    • marysiah
      marysiahThursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:58 pm
      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
        ochacoThursday, December 24, 2020 at 9:27 am
        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
          marysiahWednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:57 pm
          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-158575728276Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:24 am
            omg i know
            • dogzzz
              dogzzzMonday, December 14, 2020 at 5:47 pm
              This is an awesome idea!!
              • difajefa-157365272696
                difajefa-157365272696Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:09 am
                Guys this is a good time to do chores, do not punish but to help out your parents
                • roxanne3
                  roxanne3Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:15 pm
                  I know it's already been a couple weeks and I posted a while ago, but this still applies!! Do something kind for someone other than yourself today, like write your family Christmas cards, help a friend with homework online, thank your teacher for doing a Zoom class, clean up and help with chores around your house, or help make a meal for your family!! Anything works!! Stay safe everyone!!
                  • difajefa-157365272696
                    difajefa-157365272696Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:15 am
                    I love this It is so sweet
                    • tabbymaster
                      tabbymasterFriday, December 11, 2020 at 8:23 am
                      Really wear ur mask