December 1, 2013
If you're a shopper, the days following Thanksgiving are pretty much planned out for you.
"There's Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back," said Kim Connolly of United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area.
The last on the list is the newest addition to the themed holiday shopping craze. Giving Tuesday, or #GivingTuesday, as it's often referred to on the Internet, is focused on nonprofits and charities.
More than 6,000 of them are signed up to participate, kicking off the giving season together.
Giving Tuesday began as a grassroots effort last year, but has grown in popularity since its debut. The organizations team up to encourage their communities to make charitable contributions.
"It's very clean, it's very fast," said Connolly. "By having it all on one day kind of makes it top of the mind for people to give."
Connolly says all the money donated to United Way - TJA on Giving Tuesday will go directly to its Childcare Scholarship Program. The program assists children from low-income working families.
Jefferson Area CHiP is another local nonprofit participating in Giving Tuesday.
Executive director Judy Smith says it's an opportunity to raise money and awareness.
"It's a way to recognize what the needs of the community area and the different agencies that help the needs of the community," said Smith.
Jefferson Area CHiP is a home visiting program for low-income children ages 0 to 6 and pregnant women. It's aim is health education and connecting people to community resources.
Smith says any money donated on Giving Tuesday will be put to good use.
"Every little bit helps. Twenty-five dollars will pay for a home visit for a nurse to help a family understand what their health care needs are. Fifty dollars would pay for three PAT visits, which is Parents As Teachers, an educational program that we do," said Smith.
To learn more about Giving Tuesday, click HERE.
Click HERE for a list of participating organizations.