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How to participate in
The period between Thanksgiving
and New Year’s Day is widely referred
to as the holiday season.
Holidays such as Chanukah, Christmas
and Kwanzaa all take place in
this typically six-week window. During
this period, there’s another, possibly
lesser known, event that can elicit
many of the same warm feelings generated
by more recognizable holidays.
Giving Tuesday is held on the Tuesday
after Thanksgiving every year.
Though that typically means the day
is celebrated after the calendar turns
to December, this year GivingTuesday
takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
What is GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday organizers describe
the event as a “movement that unleashes
the power of radical generosity around
the world.” GivingTuesday is often characterized
as hashtag activism, which
involves social media users employing
Twitter hashtags to show support for a
cause. Twitter hashtags do not utilize
spaces between words, so GivingTuesday
references adhere to this practice.
How can people participate in
The organizers behind GivingTuesday
note that the day is about all types
of giving. Individuals who want to participate
can donate money, food and/or
clothing; start an advocacy campaign;
help a neighbor; or commit an act of
generosity. Participants need not make
their GivingTuesday efforts part of any
offi cial event associated with the day,
but those who want to can visit VolunteerMatch.
org to look for volunteering
opportunities in and around their communities.
Employers also may sponsor
or host events on GivingTuesday.
Twitter users also can use the hashtag
#GivingTuesday to promote causes
and/or encourage donations throughout
the day. Some organizations may
match users’ donations up to a predetermined
dollar amount, and users can
enter #GivingTuesday into the Twitter
search engine to discover such efforts.
GivingTuesday is a global effort
that emphasizes the power of generosity.
Individuals can learn more at GivingTuesday.
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