I hope you enjoyed the start of Hanukkah and shared a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. I also hope you survived Black Friday and are getting through Cyber Monday! I’ve been blogging about all the deals in the past few days, but today I’d like to write about something I stumbled upon while killing time in a dark garage.
Photo Book Baby had passed out on our way back from Thanksgiving lunch with our family and as I’m sure many of you parents out there can identify with, we didn’t want to wake our little guy from his nap quite yet, so we basically sat in the garage in the dark for a half-hour to give him more time. Thank goodness for smartphones and Internet access. While I was reading some news stories, I saw some articles on “Giving Tuesday”. Hmmm…what’s that? I thought to myself. Sounded a little familiar, but it prompted me to read on.
If you haven’t heard about Giving Tuesday, it’s only in its second year, but it’s a growing global movement. The project’s mission is to encourage folks to give to and volunteer for non-profit organizations. It was started by New York’s 92nd Street Y (92Y), a not-for-profit community center with a history that stretches all the way back to the 1870s. The United Nations Foundation partnered with 92Y to help further the project’s mission, and last year more than 2500 not-for-profits as well as several large corporations joined the effort. This year, more than 8300 partners joined, including several cities such as Philadelphia and Baltimore.
According to Giving Tuesday’s site, last year more than 50 million people worldwide sent out tweets in support of Giving Tuesday and not-for-profits saw an approximate 50% increase in online donations as compared to the prior year. Note that donations are not sent to Giving Tuesday as it is not an organization onto itself, it’s about encouraging folks to give directly to the cause of their choice.
My family has a few places in mind to donate to this year – one is to a local medical mission traveling this December to the Philippines to assist folks affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Our good friends have a family member who will be joining this team of doctors and nurses. If you are interested in knowing more about it, please feel free to send me a direct email or comment on this post and I’ll be happy to give you more details.
Anyway, this post has nothing to do about photo books, but when I read about all the organizations and people worldwide who are joining in on this effort, I wanted to do my part, though small, to share this with you. Hopefully, the term Giving Tuesday will become as well known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can read more about Giving Tuesday at their official site here. There’s lots of ways to get involved! Happy Giving Tuesday!