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Today: Give Back

You avoided the peril of Black Friday. You resisted the urge to raid Amazon on Cyber Monday. The usual sequence of drink-splurge-regret has successfully been avoided this year. But here’s a post-Thanksgiving themed day we should all get behind: Today: Giving Tuesday.

#GivingTuesday is an upstart online movement that utilizes the power of social media connectedness to help others—locally, nationally or globally. It’s a chance to take that money saved from ill-advised purchases to give back to others in the community, at the micro or macro level. Through its website,, users can choose to sort through a list of charities seeking donations—either in their local community or around the country—or filter results to identify other countries participating.

Last year alone, the Giving Tuesday campaign raised $116 million in 70 countries—not bad for an idea still in its infancy. But this philanthropic movement is not merely limited to dollars. Users can search results for volunteer opportunities in and around their cities.

The holiday season is a time to celebrate, to appreciate the year’s blessings, and to enjoy the company of friends and family. It’s also a time to share those blessings with others. Today, I encourage you to visit the Giving Tuesday website and find a way to lend a hand to others and make their holiday season a bit brighter.

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