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After You Shop 'Til You Drop, Don't Forget #GivingTuesday!

Written by Amanda Baltazar. Published: December 01 2014


So, there’s Black Friday, and there's Cyber Monday, both designed for indulging ourselves and getting our Holiday shop on. Sure, sure, it’s exciting and tiring, but luckily, the Tuesday after an eventful Thanksgiving weekend has a special occasion fitting for everyone.




What is Giving Tuesday?




Giving Tuesday originated in 2012 as a movement designed to get into the giving spirit and help everyone recover from the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on December 2 when charities, families, businesses, and many others come together to celebrate generosity and giving.


Giving Tuesday was started by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom will join the U.S. by celebrating the generous day!


So, whether it’s donating money to an organization or donating your time like helping at a soup kitchen, take the day to give something back! It can be anything -- like the video above says, give a tweet, or a shout out. Give food to the hungry, or help someone in need. You can give $50 or $5 dollars, you can give your time to volunteer, or you can organize your own event to help others give back too.


There are plenty of ways to give, and maybe #GivingTuesday will be more than just a day. It could help others see that giving back is something that we can all do regularly.


For more information, ideas and stories, check out the website!


You can also get some inspiration from others on Instagram by looking up the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #UNseflie. 


How will you be spending your #GivingTuesday?


(Photo via FayesVision/WENN)


- Amanda Baltazar, YH Staff