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'Giving Tuesday' celebrates the holidays by giving back

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The holiday season motto has been, “it’s better to give than to receive” for as long as most of us can remember. Many Americans started off the season of giving by getting the best deals for their loved ones (and themselves) by shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but what about those less fortunate that won’t have a very lavish Christmas morning? Many national charities are participating in Giving Tuesday, hoping that you have a little leftover money to donate to those in need.

Giving Tuesday was established last year in an effort to encourage donations while the holiday excitement is high. Co-founder of Giving Tuesday, Henry Timms of 92nd Street Y, hopes the Dec. 3 holiday will be for charities like what Walmart is for Black Friday.

“Just as we’ve all had our shopping lists for Black Friday or Cyber Monday,” Timms said. “What are those causes which you think would appreciate that extra nudge at this time of year?”

More than 2,000 charitable organizations participated in the inaugural Giving Tuesday, that number has increased to over 8,000 organizations this year. Much like last year, #GivingTuesday is a highly popular trend in the world of social media with dozens of people tweeting about it every minute.

Giving Tuesday is on track to be a long-lasting American tradition. Whether it is in form of money, clothing or toys, help spread the holiday cheer by donating to those less fortunate than yourself.

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