The holidays are my favorite time of the year, because I love to give to others. I think its critical that we lead by example, and teach our children that we should put the same effort into helping others as they do in making their Christmas wish list.
Last week on our way to lunch, we drove past a man on the corner with a sign asking for help. His sign said he’d been laid off and his wife was battling cancer. While stopped at the light, I rolled down the window and asked if he’d eaten lunch yet. The kids and I swung through a nearby drive-thru and brought him a sandwich and drink, then drove back and dropped it off. As we drove away, my 4 year old daughter asked me, “Mommy does he have a home?” When I told her I wasn’t sure, she responded,
“Bringing him lunch was nice Mommy.”
Did you know Americans volunteer more, give more to charity, and support more causes than any other population around the world? This year to celebrate the spirit of giving thanks and giving back, the UN Foundation is helping launch a new holiday, known as Giving Tuesday. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could help spread the word and make Giving Tuesday as well known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Giving is the heart and foundation of the holiday spirit, let’s make sure to bring that back to the forefront! Giving Tuesday will take place on November 27, 2012, the day after Cyber Monday. Are you ready to kick off the holiday season with helping others and giving back?
“#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism. The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.” Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Ask your company to match employees’ donations on that day
- Use a community message board or a local group to create a volunteering initiative
- Help organize a local toy drive, consignment sale or baked goods sale to raise money and goods for charity.
Our family plans to participate by purchasing some toys, books, etc. and donating those toys to a local non-profit group that ensures every child has a toy to open on Christmas Day. I’m determined to teach both of my kids that not every is as fortunate as they are and that giving to others can be more rewarding than receiving a gift! Together we can make a difference by learning ways to give more, give better and give smarter!