#Giving Tuesday-A New Holiday Tradition

#Giving Tuesday-A New Holiday Tradition

#Giving Tuesday is a new Holiday Tradition that I whole heartedly endorse!

I’m sorry to say that I don’t know where this graphic has come from…but the sentiment is pure in sharing, don’t you think?

With many people feeling that the holiday season is becoming more and more consumer oriented, there is a small but growing number of movements trying to take back what the season is supposed to be about. One of these is Buy Nothing Day which is celebrated on the same day as Black Friday. And the newly launched idea that I hope will become a much larger movement, Giving Tuesday.

The basic idea behind Giving Tuesday is that we already celebrate a day where we give thanks. We have two days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are dedicated to shopping and finding the best deals. Wouldn’t it be nice to also have a day dedicated to giving back to others?

This Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

And become a social media ambassador by sharing what you are doing through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more! In other words…spread the word…You know I’m all about that!


Here are just a few ideas of how you can get involved:

  • First off, think local!
  • Do you have a food bank, church, fellowship or other organization in your community you can help out at?
  • Homeless shelter you can donate too?
  • Literacy program you can work with immigrants or young people who need extra help?
  • You can donate to a favorite organization from the Occupy: Stacy, to Ceres, a great organization we have here in Sebastopol.
  • Donate clothing-not only does it help clear out clutter in your home, but also gives it to someone who can really use it!
  • Spend your time, money and resources to help someone, anyone in need!
  • Basically, just

    image via Mashable.com

    So, what can you give this holiday? Won’t you share your story in the comment section below? I’d love to hear and share forward!

    Happy Holidays




  1. Nancy 9 years ago

    I think “giving” of ones self is so important for a human being to do. I was lucky enough to create a business that gave me lots of money. I created my business as a single mother raising my twin sons in our two bedroom apartment. There was a table I worked on which was in my living room; the apartment was probably 900 ft. Because of the hard work I put in to create the business and always on this table, I decided that if the business would ever grow and get large, I would always keep that table in my office to reflect on what brought me there. As years went by I had many employees, some were single parents. And every year I gave back by creating these fabulous gift baskets for all of the kids that were my employees and also providing them with a turkey for their special celebration. I have many stories in regard to the things I did to help my employees and many stories on the charities that I belong too. Give back, no matter who it is… you have no idea what they could be going through, especially during the holiday season.

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      Irene Turner 9 years ago

      I know you only a little bit Nancy, and yet i think of you as one of the most giving people I know. Even when things are difficult for you, you give out compassion, caring and positive energy. That is the giving of the self. I can’t even imagine what you are like when you are in your stride! You will be. That’s what happens to good people!

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