This past weekend, many of us participated in the excitement of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, when we hit the malls and surfed the web for the best deals so that we could give the perfect gift to someone we love.
Typically, that time between Thanksgiving and the end of the year is often thought of as the Season of Giving. We give gifts and we spend time together with those who mean the most to us.
Today, we celebrate #GivingTuesday.
What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a global day for giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, students, and others will come together for #GivingTuesday— a day when people around the world will use the internet and social media to spread the word about causes they donate to and why they give.
A couple of years ago, a group of community organizers (including the United Nations Foundation) wanted to create a new day that would celebrate giving instead of shopping, and in essence take back a bit of what the holiday season was supposed to be about — this day was meant to honor giving back to the community by donating to a charity or volunteering to help others. The group wanted to focus on the true spirit of the season — of giving to others and providing hope to those who are most at need. They named this day “Giving Tuesday.”
How you can be part of this movement?
You can be a part of this international campaign to take back the “season of giving” and encourage giving back to our community by making a donation to the IOCDF. We have made it quick, easy and fun to participate. Just click on the link below to make a donation and don’t’ forget to share with your friends and family on social media!
Being part of a movement is powerful — #GivingTuesday reminds me of one of my favorite quotes about giving by famous anthropologist, Margaret Meade:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Our goal is to raise $2014 by midnight tomorrow for #GivingTuesday 2014. Can you help us meet this goal?
Even if you can’t contribute, you can help us by sharing this campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
We want to make #GivingTuesday a success, and you can help us reach our goal! Share this our Fundraising Page on your Facebook page — and tell your story. How has OCD affected your life? Would more awareness about OCD have made a difference? What does hope mean to you? What would have given you hope when you needed it most? Use hashtags #givingtuesday and #givehope to share your stories online and link to our donation page at: http://igg.me/at/iocdf-2014