Well, today is the day, the second annual Giving Tuesday event and Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) is grateful that it is. Today, 85 volunteers will pitch in to help the orphaned pets of HWAC with all the giving spirit that today can muster.
The volunteers from area businesses, rescue supporters and even school children will gather at the Center to display their gener-paws-ity. Solana Santa Fe Elementary School Grades 3 and 4 will supply about 75 of the volunteers while Southwest Airlines and Snooze AM Eatery in Del Mar will supply the other 10.
Together the group will provide HWAC with some good old fashioned philanthropic holiday cheer today on this national day that officially kicks off the season of giving. The “Tuesday-Givers” plan on repainting the Center’s Humane Education building. The kids will prep craft projects for the Center’s upcoming Frosty Farms Event. Everyone will bring pet food donations for the Center’s AniMeals Program – a method of providing pet food to homebound elderly folks that cannot get out and shop for their pets themselves.
Giving Tuesday is officially described as “a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give, culminating with a global day of giving on December 3, 2013.” The movement began in 2012 when a recognized team of experts and influencers, convened by leaders of 92nd Street Y, met to establish a new day to combat the holiday shopping craziness of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” The effort aims to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses, and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.
The children participating today from Solana Santa Fe’s Elementary School are testament that the true spirit of the season still exists. Together with the big-hearted and animal-loving staffs of local businesses, the children will help put cynical minds to rest. In the midst of holiday shopping, cyber sales and frantic have-to-haves, over 85 Tuesday Giving volunteers are uniting to help orphan pets in need. Today will be a day of giving at HWAC. Stop by and see for yourself the many reasons that it is good to give. The volunteers will be on hand from 8:00 until 10:30 Pacific Time in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
The real spirit of the season means “the giving of your time, your heart, and yourself!” How are you going to get involved?