Today, we celebrate #GivingTuesday. Today marks the fifth year of a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
#GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I know you are thinking “we give all year long”, right? The truth is many times we plan to give but the moment passes us by – lack of funds, lack of time or just “a senior moment”.
#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. As individuals, we have causes near and dear to our hearts. Those who may have helped us personally over the years or maybe made a difference in the life of a family member. Maybe it is just because you can relate to an organization’s mission.
One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community is through #GivingTuesday……
Here are a few of my favorite causes …
- Redeem-Her was born in 2005 to create second chances for those who need it most. Their mission is to offer help and hope to women reentering the community from rehabilitation facilities, jails and prisons. They have helped more than 150 women and your support will help them to make a difference in the lives of women in need of a second chance. No donation is too large or small. If you would like to help us them with their vision of providing second chances for more women, donations can be made at: http://www.redeem-her.org/donate
- South Jersey AIDS Alliance is a caring, compassionate Organization dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Located in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Camden Counties , their vision is to be recognized as a dynamic organization able to efficiently and effectively provide the diverse and integrated program delivery needed to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing nature of the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- Bethel AME Church which also houses Bethel Development Corporation and Bethel Learning Center is the oldest church in the City of Millville. It houses the longest running soup kitchen in Cumberland County providing hot home-cooked meals four days per week. The Learning Center is open to children 6 weeks to 5 years of age as well as offering Before and After Care programs. All programs at Bethel are focused on giving a hand up to those who are struggling – the addicted, the chronically unemployed and the homeless.
#GiveBackWithMe is my way of bringing a smile to someone who is struggling. Every month, I select one individual who will receive a gift from me along with some encouraging words to let them know they are special and worthy. To remind them, no matter what the struggle there is someone who cares for them. Click HERE and help me to make a difference in the life of someone. Nominations are taken 365 days a year…. one selected each month.
This November 29th, join the movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community. #RandomActofKindness will #makeadifference in the lives of others. It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to give back and then share your idea.
Share with us YOUR favorite cause with a link on how others can donate to them…Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!