Giving Tuesday is today. It is a day that has been created to prove that the holidays can be about giving back and to celebrate the ability to do more with wallets than just shop. Giving Tuesday is about ways to give smarter, and put giving back into the season.
But Giving Tuesday can reach far beyond just today. There are many different ways that the spirit of Giving Tuesday can be acted upon every single day of the year.
Here are some ways to make a difference every day:
Look for different charitable causes to faithfully support throughout the year. This not only means making charitable donations, but also through volunteering. Give your time to events and do actions to help spread awareness of the cause(s) to others.
Share your stories and acts of kindness across your social media platforms. Include photos and the impact/outcome. Add information on ways to give and support. Include contact information for the organization. Continue to use the “#GivingTuesday” hashtag as you share. Encourage others to do the same.
For every gift that you buy a friend or loved one for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.), purchase a second item for donation. Check with retailers to see if they have special charitable programs, and participate in them. Commit to setting aside a specific dollar amount each time you make a purchase. Every few months, take the total amount and send it as a contribution to the charity of your choice.
Spark curiosity about different causes and organizations by wearing apparel or using items that showcase their logo and information. T-shirts, carry bags, and other items are great ways to achieve this. Use inquiries from others to get the conversation going and encourage support and/or donations.
Research ways to incorporate giving into everyday events; as well as other holidays and special occasions. Examples would be asking family and friends for Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Inspired to Giving in Ethiopia [VIDEO]" href="http://www.melisasource.com/2012/07/12/will-smith-and-jada-pinkett-smith-inspired-to-giving-in-ethiopia/" target="_blank">donations to a charitable cause on your birthday in lieu of presents, or getting children involved in participating in the annual Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF campaign for Halloween. Be sure to share your cause, as well as the end outcome. You can also turn your parties/celebrations into special ‘campaign drives’ for charity (ex: for a gathering with friends, ask each attendee to bring 3 canned goods for donation to your local food pantry).
Giving Tuesday is not just a single day or a new giving platform. Giving Tuesday is a call to action for everyone to put giving at the forefront in November rather than an afterthought in December; and use the momentum to be involved in the spirit of giving throughout the year. If everyone took time to find ways to make giving a part of their everyday lives, it will demonstrate to the world that the smallest acts of giving and kindness and make a lasting difference.
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I firmly believe that we are blessed to be a blessing. If we share what we are blessed with, we show our hearts. Great post.
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Greetings Uneeka! I could not agree more! ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me!
I just recently heard about giving Tuesday. While charity should take place it is good remnder
Greetings Chasing Joy! I agree that Giving Tuesday is a great reminder to make giving a part of everyday life. Thank you so much for sharing here with me!
Great tips, especially the buy another item when making purchases. That’s a charitable way to use those “buy one, get one free” discounts.
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Greetings Aja! Absolutely! Thank you so much for sharing here with me!
I like the idea of making giving and being socially responsible a part of everyday life. So many good ideas here. Thanks for sharing!
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Greetings Janeane! You are very welcome! Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing here with me!
i love the idea of incorporating sharing into your life.
Greetings Pammypam! I am glad that you enjoyed this one! Thank you so much for sharing here with me!
Love this! It’s so important to make it a part of our every day, not just during the holidays. Definitely want my son to see himself as a citizen of the world.
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Greetings Laila! I totally agree! Thank you so much for sharing here with me!