As I write this message, its a Tuesday evening and I'm reflecting on my afternoon after going to the dentist and starting the year off with the usual doctor appointments.
But this is no normal Tuesday, its also GivingTuesday, a day of the week that started ten years ago, and a movement that has brought the world together every single Tuesday since.
I'm sure you've seen post on social media using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. It's one of my favorite feeds to follow and an opportunity to share content for causes that I care about, that are important to me.
On this Tuesday, on my way home after my dentist appointment, I stopped at the local Gulf Coast Regional Blood Donation Center to donate. It was convenient and easy since I was already out and it was in the same neighborhood as my dentist. It's one of my favorite ways to give back.
Because its a social movement, its activity is tracked across various social media platforms. Top causes in the GivingTuesday campaign conversation include science and education, health and health care, children and elderly, and others.
What started in 2012 with a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good, has given purpose to nonprofits by offering fundraising events and branding to a global movement of "giving".
On November 30, 2021, the whole world united for a celebration of generosity.
Whether it was making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, or showing up for an issue you care about, on GivingTuesday you transformed the way we think about and act on giving all year long. Watch their Video to see how they celebrated.
Oh, and if you like my sweatshirt in the photo below, you can have one too! I'm wearing a sweatshirt that I was given after making my donation on this #GivingTuesday. I was in need of a comfy new sweatshirt and I only had to pay for this with my time. #commitforlife
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.