So … Black Friday is over, Shop Local Saturday is in the books and Cyber Monday is a done deal … today is Giving Tuesday. Just what is Giving Tuesday?
As defined by Wikipedia, Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Giving Tuesday was initially started in 2011 and called Cyber Giving Monday and was the brain child of the non-profit Mary-Arrchie Theater Company and then Producing Director Carlo Lorenzo Garcia urging donors to take a different approach to filling up an online virtual cart with goods. The push was moved to Tuesday the following year as to not compete with Cyber Monday by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The date range is November 27 to December 3, and is always five days after the holiday.
Tight on money? Think about signing up to donate time to your favorite charity. Time a bit tight right now? How about donating blood.
Tis the season … no matter what or how much you are able to give this season remember that an act of kindness to a stranger is priceless. Throughout the entire holiday season, hold a door for someone or smile and say hello. Just a few small gestures that mean so much.