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Will You Give it Forward This Tuesday? #GivingTuesday #GiveForward @GiveForward

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 28, 2014 | Categories: Charities
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I confess that I do not do Black Friday… or Black Wednesday or Back Thursday, for that matter. I truly cannot think of anything I want badly enough to fight the crowds. Besides, I love Thanksgiving and spend it cooking/baking spending time with family, relaxing, and traveling to and from my parents, who live out of state.

Black Friday just isn’t my thing. I know though, that it is a big thing for many people. Those looking for great deals and those who just love the thrill of it.

Now Cyber Monday, that’s my day. I love shopping from the convenience of my home, so I enjoy getting some good deals on Cyber Monday.

The day I love most though is Giving Tuesday.

I teach my son the importance of giving. I stress the importance of having a giving heart, every day, but Giving Tuesday is a good reminder for everyone to not sit idly by thinking I’ll give later, or a lot of people are giving, so mine won’t be missed. If everyone thinks that way… no one will give.

It’s the same phenomenon as people who see an accident or tragedy and do NOTHING. It’s called bystander apathy.

Giving Tuesday wants to bring recognition to humanity over economy.

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So, how can you participate?

On Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd, 2014), give time or money to a cause or person you care about. Buy the driver in the car behind you at Starbucks a morning coffee to warm and brighten his/her day. You and/or your children can do errands for grandparents or neighbors like raking leaves or cleaning out gutters. Contribute cash to a non-profit that researches and increases awareness for a disease affecting a loved one… American Cancer Society is one of my favorites to donate to.

Or, find a GiveForward recipient that inspires you, like how $90 buys Darla a day off work while she fights breast cancer.

Acts of true giving take place every day on GiveForward, but Giving Tuesday is a wonderful time to reflect on how both small and large gifts make great impacts. Share your Giving Tuesday moments with us by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GiveForward.

So give. Give anytime you can, when you can… but “give” on Giving Tuesday. Don’t put it off. I’ll give on #GivingTuesday, my son will give on Giving Tuesday and I encourage YOU to give on this dedicated day for giving, too.

How will you be giving on Giving Tuesday?


19 Responses to Will You Give it Forward This Tuesday? #GivingTuesday #GiveForward @GiveForward

  1. Liz Mays says:

    I believe I’m going to skip all these shopping days and head straight for Giving Tuesday myself!

  2. Tuesday I will be voluntering at my daughter’s school.

  3. Terri S says:

    I have never heard of Giving Tuesday. What a wonderful idea! I also never shop on Black Friday! I can’t take the crowds. It’s too much!

  4. Colleen says:

    I love the new tradition that is being started I remember this from a few years back. I don’t do Black Friday and I think Cyber Monday should be Cyber Sunday LOL.

  5. krystel says:

    never heard of giving tuesday

  6. Raijean says:

    This is so important, we supported by making donations this holiday season.

  7. HilLesha says:

    You’re not alone. I’ve never shopped on Black Friday, nor will I ever. Besides, the best deals are after Christmas! 😀 I honestly never heard of Giving Tuesday, but it is a wonderful idea!

  8. Tammy says:

    We’ve purchased items for a Christmas gift for a family that is struggling this year, we’ll be joining with other families that also have bought items for it and spend the evening making a great big basket full of things that they might not other wise have. I was in all honesty, one of the most fun things I’ve shopped for this year and truthfully most of it was what we would consider boring necessities, but I can just imagine how thankful and excited they will be when they have some new bath towels and washcloths, a small Christmas tree and picture frames, etc.. I think my family has become so spoiled we miss out on a lot of the simple joys that come from the everyday moments and needs.

  9. FJ says:

    I never heard about Giving Tuesday, but I always give time to people who I care so much in the day after Thanksgiving, because… spending time with them is priceless moment for me :’)

  10. Mai Tran says:

    Every week has one giving day for me. I volunteer at the local dog shelter.

  11. Veronica Lee says:

    I am not a big fan of Black Friday either. I’ve never heard of Giving Tuesday but I am loving the idea.

  12. Mish L. says:

    I always volunteer helping out giving food for the homeless, it’s such a warm feeling yet saddening to imagine how many people have lived the life having nowhere to go. I feel that everyday should be giving tuesday because the things you do for people will bring a good cause like a chain reaction where people passes down the care and respect.

  13. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    I will be giving it forward on Tuesday. I am taking wrapped gifts to our local Angel Tree.

  14. Crystal says:

    Giving Tuesday reminds you what the holidays are truly about. Thanks for the reminder that it isn’t all about getting more and more.

  15. I’ll have to mark that day down. After the rush of “me first” from everyone this shopping weekend, it’s great to have a day to refocus on what’s really important and think of others.

  16. Rachel says:

    Very cool! I have honestly never heard of Giving Tuesday until now… now to think of how I can give. 🙂

  17. I always practice giving tuesday. I’ve been doing it for a few years now, but I like to give all year round.

  18. Penelope says:

    This was the first year I heard of Giving Tuesday, and I LOVE IT! How wonderful to give!

  19. Marcie W. says:

    I always feel so good after giving back. I plan to implement a lot of “Giving Tuesdays” this upcoming year.