Save the Date for #GivingTuesday

 

Giving Tuesday

With Thanksgiving just two days away, I am happily organizing my kitchen for the deluge of food preparation to come. For many of us, Thanksgiving is perhaps the best holiday, a time when we can give thanks for our many blessings while enjoying a special meal with family and friends.

In my family, Thanksgiving is just the start of a long weekend, and as traditional as the turkey is on Thursday, so are the turkey sandwiches and football games on Friday.

I wake up on Friday morning before the rest of the house has stirred and putter around the kitchen, putting my good china away and preparing a nice breakfast for my family.

What I do not do on Friday is get in my car and head for the stores.

I hate shopping.

As someone who finds shopping tedious and holiday shopping downright painful, Black Friday has about as much charm for me as the Black Plague. Just the thought of the crowds, the lines, circling the parking lot for the space that never materializes … ugh.

Call me a Grinch, but I’m just not into this time of year when over-consumption overcomes so many. As I get older my buying habits have changed considerably. How many “things” do we really need to be happy?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been recognized as the official kick-off events to the shopping season. And now that many stores have opted to be open on Thanksgiving Day itself, holiday shopping has gotten another shot of adrenaline.

Well, no thank you. This year I’m focusing instead on #GivingTuesday which is next week, December 3, after the trifecta of holiday shopping days have come and gone. #GivingTuesday is a call to action to give and give back, not just one day but year-round, and put personal philanthropy back in the holiday season.

#GivingTuesday is next week.

Founded last year by the 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, the first #GivingTuesday brought together more than 2,500 partners in all 50 states and increased online giving that day by 53%. Pretty wonderful, huh?

This year, #GivingTuesday has set its sights even higher. Campaigns are underway around the world, and right now there are over 6,500 partners!

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The holiday season can and should be about giving and giving back. There are so many organizations that need our support, and why not make this season a time for reaching out to help.

This short video explains what Giving Tuesday is all about.

Will you consider participating in #GivingTuesday and making it the opening day of the giving season?

 

Disclosure: I am a social media ambassador for #GivingTuesday but have received  no compensation.

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16 Thoughts on “Save the Date for #GivingTuesday

  1. I’ve marked my calendar. What a great way to give back and share our abundance. Happy Thanksgiving, Helene. Wish I could join you for those turkey sandwiches and good ol’ American football.

  2. Giving Tuesday sounds like a fantastic program. You’re a great ambassador for the campaign and so very far from a “grinch.” (I don’t like shopping either and will not be out there elbowing my way through the sales.)
    Lisa @ Grandma’s Briefs recently posted…Grandma gives thanksMy Profile

    • hbludman on November 28, 2013 at 9:14 am said:

      So glad to hear I am not alone! The thought of even trying to shop this time of year gives me the shakes. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, Lisa!

  3. You are the Ambassador of Good Will, Grace and Giving Back (yes, they deserve to be capitalized!) So I thank you for this wonderful post and love the idea of Giving Tuesday. I will help to spread this important word.

    Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving, my friend.
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  4. Thanks for introducing me to Giving Tuesday, had not heard about it before. A wonderful idea.
    I like shopping when stores are not crowded, there is no pressure, and there are lots of sales.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  5. Helene, agreed on all counts. Giving tuesday is a wonderful addition to the holiday calendar and your wonderful post is helping it become better known. Well done and Happy Thanksgiving!
    grownandflown recently posted…Getting Kids to Work Harder in School: A New York Times Motherlode RebuttalMy Profile

  6. So glad you wrote about this, Helene. I hate shopping, too, especially this crazy time of year!
    Sheryl recently posted…Giving Thanks To A Healthy LifeMy Profile

  7. Our calendar is marked and we are ready to go with good deeds. Looking forward to changing the tone of our holiday season.
    Lauryn recently posted…5 Holiday Themed Things To Do in Berks and Lancaster CountyMy Profile

  8. I love the idea of giving Tuesday. I’m with you on Black Friday, Helene, I stayed home; Cyber Monday is interesting as long as I can shop in my jammies.
    Estelle
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