Now that Black Friday has come and gone (thank goodness) and the craziness of Cyber Monday is over, it’s time to talk about my favorite of these made-up “shopping” days: Giving Tuesday!
What is #GivingTuesday?
On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, people are encouraged to jumpstart their holiday giving to charitable causes and organizations. The goal is to donate time, money, your voice, or whatever you can to a person, family or organization in need. There are endless ideas of ways you can get involved. A few years back I shared some of my ideas for giving during the holiday season here on the blog.
Toys for Tots, coat drives and food bank donations are popular ideas during this time of year, but there are plenty of other organizations in need. Think of a charity or a cause that is near and dear to your heart and focus on that! Then share your story with friends and family and on social media using the hashtag #MyGivingStory to help spread the word on charitable giving!
For the past few years now, I’ve participated in the Winter Wishes program through New York Cares. The organization collects handwritten “Dear Santa” letters from children in need and coordinates with volunteers who commit to purchasing toys and clothes for the kids.
After we receive our letters, Boyfriend and I tackle the shopping. We try to get the kids all the items on their lists and then some! This year, our kids asked for some Shopkins, superhero toys and clothes. Participating in Winter Wishes is truly is one of my favorite traditions of the holidays. It warms my heart knowing that these kids will have new clothes and toys to open on Christmas. Visit newyorkcares.org to learn more or find a similar charity in your hometown to buy gifts for kids in need.
Love Always Campaign
This year, I’d also like to share an idea from fellow RD blogger Liz at Shaw’s Simple Swaps. Liz launched the Love Always Campaign, which aims to bring holiday cheer to residents living in senior living facilities and suffering from dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease. This project honors Liz’s late grandmother, who sounds like the most incredible and inspirational lady. Liz is asking that people give small gifts and cards to residents who may not have family/friends to visit them during the holidays. This campaign hits super close to home for me, as my own grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s.
My grandmother recently began living in a Memory Care Unit at an assisted living facility. The staff there truly understand the needs of their residents and I know she is in great hands, but it is still difficult. Alzheimer’s Disease is a heartbreaking disease for both the patient and their family, so I love how Liz is focused on sharing happiness and positivity during the holiday season. I’ll be joining the Love Always Campaign by giving within my grandmother’s facility and Liz has offered to help connect people with their local facilities if need be–so please join us!
Here’s to a wonderful holiday season and a Happy #GivingTuesday! Tell me–are you taking part in #GivingTuesday? What’s your favorite organization or charity to work with?