What You Can Give on "Giving Tuesday"

This time of year can become so busy, we can often miss it.

And if you’re not careful, you can let all the things going on miss out on the joy of the holidays.

Having put up the outdoor Christmas lights this weekend, after saying thanks for Thanksgiving, it brings you face to face with how you’re going to spend your time between now and Christmas.

But we don’t have to let the things going on in the world consume our time and our minds.  And today is a good day to start.

Because today is Giving Tuesday.

After all the attention on buying and getting deals with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, today is the day that promotes giving instead of receiving. 

Giving Tuesday began as a simple idea by people at a community center in New York City several years ago as a day to give back, kind of an "opening day" for the giving season.

Last year, nonprofits raised more than 120 million dollars on line during Giving Tuesday.

And it’s not just about money, with people each year donating clothes, food and other resources. And of course their time.

And maybe that’s the best donation of all on a day like Giving Tuesday.  Giving your time to someone else.  Focusing on someone else instead of ourselves is the best gift of all…for them and for you.

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