December 1, 2015 marks the first day of #GivingTuesday. In case you are wondering exactly what #GivingTuesday is all about let me explain. It’s all about giving back. Let me give you the official definition from the website:
Charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Today the #GivingTuesday website will be hosting numerous Twitter parties. There is also a #GivingTuesday community map to show you if there is an event you can attend in your own community. This would be a great way to educate your children about ways to give back so they can see first hand how to help people in need. Many charities such as Give Kids the World are matching donations today as well which makes it an extra special day to give.
What we need to take away from #GivingTuesday is that we can help people every day. While bringing awareness with this cause for one day does help, we can’t forget the big picture. We don’t need a special day to remind us to do good. Helping others should be something we want to do all year long.
Here are some ways you can help:
Donate food (not just the gross stuff you don’t want people, come on) to your local food bank
Donate clothing to local women’s shelters
Donate used toys, books and other children’s items as well
Donate feminine hygiene products and items like toothpaste, toilet paper and soap (I recently saw a Pinterest pin where you should recycle your old purses, fill them with items like pads, tampons, Chapstick, hand sanitizer and other things and then hand them out to the homeless women in your community. I loved it.)
Volunteer to help feed the homeless
Purchase items for a non profit organization you know could use the help
Volunteer at organizations that need your help. Ask around, do a Google search for your community. You are sure to find something.
For the holidays go ahead and pick an Angel off the tree or donate to another organization who provides a Christmas to those in need. Remember that teenagers and even adults deserve a gift too. They are often overlooked as everyone donates toys for young children.
Pick up garage in your neighborhood (possibly find an organization that does this officially)
Volunteer at the local animal shelter
I’ve given you quite a few ideas for not only #GivingTuesday but any time and I’m sure there are plenty more. The point is to do some good in the world. Do it not just for your community but for yourself and those that look up to you as well.