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Giving Tuesday: A Day of Personal Philanthropy

You celebrated Thanksgiving, shopped till you dropped on Black Friday and have been going wild online on Cyber Monday. Now, charities hope you’ll commemorate Giving Tuesday, a new day on the holiday calendar, by donating money, time and attention to good causes.

The rapidly growing movement, now in its second year, promotes a day of “personal philanthropy” on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

“The driving spirit of this season is about generosity and giving thanks,” said Henry Timms, interim executive director of New York’s 92nd Street Y. His brainstorm last year was the impetus for Giving Tuesday, which went viral on social media and garnered support from Bill Gates to Hollywood stars to the White House. “Giving Tuesday is a celebration of all forms of giving.”

More than 7,000 nonprofits nationwide highlight today for a range of activities: soliciting year-end donations, engaging hands-on volunteers, leveraging matching grants, supporting specific projects, and sharing advice with each other.

On the Giving Tuesday Facebook page, you’ll find information about how many organizations will help those in need with blood drives, community events and dollar-for-dollar matches for money donated.

Participants are invited to post a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using hashtags #GivingTuesday and #unselfie to counter the focus on self that is seen on a daily basis.

So who are Wills & Wellness’s favorite charities? We’re a fan of World Vision, through which we sponsor “lucky” Dilan, our “W&W Birthday Boy” – he was born the same day we opened our doors in the LoHi neighborhood.

And right now we’re hosting the 1st Annual “Fill a Baby’s Belly” Food Drive and will be donating all collections to a local mom and family in need.

How can you participate too?  Check out the Giving Tuesday Facebook Page and the Giving Tuesday Website and get rockin’ and rollin’!

Article contributed by Wills & Wellness.


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