How to do Giving Tuesday

How to do Giving Tuesday

Make giving back a family tradition that doesn’t cost much but gives a lot to others.

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday sales. This year, get back to the real reason for the season by doing something kind for others on Giving Tuesday – a global day of charity celebrated each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Whether you participate on the actual Tuesday or another day during the season, you’ll be surprised how satisfying it is to unsubscribe from the holiday hoopla with a simple act of goodwill. It doesn’t have to cost a lot – your time is often what many organizations need most. Here are just a few ways to give back to others this holiday season.

How to Get Started
Have a discussion and decide what you’re passionate about as a family. Do you know someone fighting cancer? Are you a military family? Maybe the kids want to help other children less fortunate than themselves. Pick a cause that’s close to your family’s heart.

Give to a Child in Need
Spread a little hope and holiday cheer to those who need it most this year by giving to children in need. Involve your kids in choosing a gift for a needy child, and encourage them to chip in with their allowance. There are several charities that help ensure children who may otherwise not receive anything find something special under their tree this Christmas.

Caring for Homeless Animals
If you’re a family of animal lovers, reach out to local shelters and see which kinds of supplies they need the most, such as food, bedding and cleaning supplies. Many shelters also allow families to come and spend time with the animals. This helps socialize them, and, in turn, increases their chances of being adopted into a forever home.

Go to Beautiful Lengths
Chances are, cancer has affected your life in some way. Help a woman suffering from cancer feel like herself again by donating to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths initiative. With a simple donation of $8 or 8 or more inches of your hair, you can help the organization create beautiful, real-hair wigs to bring a sense of normalcy to the lives of women fighting cancer.

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Sponsor a Family
For many, a special holiday meal is impossible. Help ensure a family in need can celebrate the holidays with happy hearts and full bellies by signing up with a local church or charity organization to provide a needy family with provisions for a holiday meal. If the budget is tight for your own family meal, consider baking something delicious for a food bank or soup kitchen to distribute to patrons as a sweet treat.

Give the Gift of Clean Clothes
For those who have recently lost everything to disaster, the holidays can mean nothing more than added stress. Tide’s Loads of Hope initiative aims to alleviate some of that stress by providing families in need with access to fresh, clean clothing. Buy a Tide Loads of Hope T-shirt, make a monetary donation, or clear out your closet and donate your gently used clothing to Tide’s mobile dry cleaners to aid families affected by disaster.

Serve Our Servicemen
Those who put their lives on the line to serve others, like police officers, fire fighters and military veterans deserve an extra “thank you” this season. You and the kids can show your appreciation by making holiday cards for local heroes.

Just be a Friend
The holidays can be especially hard for those who have no one to spend them with. Visit a nursing home or shelter and spread some cheer to those who may be feeling extra lonely this time of year, or sign up with a meal delivery service to bring food and a little compassion to a lonesome person in need.

No matter how you choose to give back this holiday season, the act of caring for others will warm your heart and strengthen your family purpose. Consider making your favorite cause a new tradition for your family, or let each child pick a new way to volunteer each year.

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