By Megan Steele

Thanksgiving comes with several shopping days right after that everyone seems to know about: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Two days of the year where people go out to shop in a last minute rush for last minute holiday gift giving. In most everyone’s opinion, those shopping days bring out everything but the holiday spirit.

This is where a movement called Giving Tuesday comes into play. It hopes to bring back the cheer of the holiday season and encourages people to give back, whether through volunteering, fundraising, or donations within their community. Giving Tuesday started to get people back into the holiday spirit after a weekend of thrifty shopping ventures. Their goal was to go off of that shopping kick and get into a giving spirit the day after Cyber Monday.

What is it?

Giving Tuesday has become a movement in the US that encourages people to get out and give back. According to their website, it’s a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It is purposefully scheduled to take place after Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a way to celebrate the time of the year to give back.

How do I join in?

On November 29th, 2016, get involved. You can take part in this movement as well if you so choose. You can do anything from fundraising, donating, volunteering, and more. In fact, you even have the option to participate by yourself or get involved with an organization or business.

Where do I learn more?

If you hope to learn more about this movement, be sure to check out Giving Tuesday’s website! This website has all of the info on the past influence of the movement and how you can get involved yourself. And don’t worry, if you are stumped on what to do, it gives a running list with plenty of ideas. Also, be sure to check out the video on the home page of the website. It’s a perfect representation of everything this movement hopes to do and stands for.

Check out the website www.givingtuesday.org today.