Giving Tuesday 2013

What is Giving Tuesday? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create Giving Tuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community […]

What is Giving Tuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create Giving Tuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create Giving Tuesday.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

We each have a long list of things to be thankful for — each and every one of us. So let’s remind ourselves of those whose list is much shorter and of the fact that we’re able to change that by helping to ending poverty once and for all, one gift at a time.

With the holidays fast approaching, it is crucial that we teach our children that the act of receiving should always be coupled with the spirit of giving. To ensure that children are motivated beyond the tales of “naughty” and “nice” lists, I encourage parents to remind children that there are less-fortunate children who will not be having joyous moments of gift unwrapping and toy playing this holiday season.

One of the best ways to teach children about giving back is to get them involved in the process. As you start to think about what items you may want to donate, try letting your child pick out the item so they feel like it was their idea. This will give them a greater sense of accomplishment (and you won’t accidentally give away one of their favorite toys in the process!).

As you donate with your little ones, take an #UNselfie with them and share it with us across social media. What’s an #UNselfie, you ask? We all know what a selfie is, now that it has recently been named the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries, but an #UNselfie is a photo that is all about unselfishness. Snap a photo when you’ve just done an act of kindness, and you’ll deserve all of the ‘likes’ in the world.

That’s the spirit behind #GivingTuesday. It’s the day after Black Friday and Cyber Monday; this year it falls on December 3. It’s a day for us to remember those struggling to keep the rent paid and make it a happy holiday for their family and to support nonprofits who give them the services they need to escape poverty throughout the year. For some people, it means helping them get housing — often for the first time in their lives. For others it means connecting them to healthcare so they can get and stay well. Still others need to train for and get a job. The needs vary but the solution does not — support for agencies like New Life Evangelistic Center that meet people where they’re at, helping them climb out of poverty one step at a time. #GivingTuesday is a great opportunity for all of us to do that.