We have all heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but are you familiar with Giving Tuesday?

On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Giving Tuesday serves as a nationwide day for including charities in our holiday celebrations.  Holiday shopping can be both about saving and giving back to others in need.

The idea is simple.  Instead of shopping for deals, take time to think about how you can help others in our area.  This Tuesday, I challenge you to use what you saved buying deals on Friday and Monday, and donate that amount to a local charity.  If you aren’t able to donate money, consider sharing the gift of your time and talent.  Tell everyone you can what you are doing and why it matters.  Share your donations of money or service online using #GivingTuesday.  My hope is that Facebook and Twitter will be flooded with messages about how we are coming together to serve others.

Giving Tuesday is the kick off to giving season.  Your donations help nonprofits like Foundation 2 make a difference in the lives of those in our community.

Make sure that your holiday spending and traditions truly reflect who you are.

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