Giving Tuesday is a movement that occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, typically the last Tuesday in November, but occasionally occurs in early December, as it does this year on December 3rd.
Giving Tuesday was initially started in 2012 as a backlash to consumerism in the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The organizations who started it, 92 Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, wanted to shift the focus of the holidays towards the idea of giving more, rather than the ever-increasing stress and consumerism that often takes over during this time of year.
The movement is intended to create an international day of charity and giving to start the holiday season off on a more positive note. Popularity for this idea has risen over the years, establishing it as an annual tradition for many.
With this positive spirit, it can be a good idea to think about which charity you might consider supporting! If you haven't found an organization to help celebrate this movement, we hope that Carolina for The Kids might catch your eye.
The money we receive goes to the families of patients at UNC Children’s. Whether your heart resides with our organization or another, don’t miss out on embracing the spirit of giving during the most wonderful time of the year!
We’re celebrating Giving Tuesday by giving back to the patients and families at the local children’s hospital. Each Tuesday night, we serve meals in the hospital in our Parent’s Night Out program so that families don’t have to leave their child’s bedside to eat dinner - and Giving Tuesday is no exception.
This just goes to show there’s more ways to give back than simply donating cash. The spirit of Giving Tuesday is all about giving back to the community, no matter where that is or how you do it. All that matters is that you’re making the world a little bit brighter in whatever way you can, and that’s what the holiday season is really all about.