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Giving Tuesday: A Chance to Give Back During the Holiday Season

The Mount Auburn Cemetery and Children's Hospital are among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.

Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season?

A partnership of nonprofits hopes so.

For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week.

Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet -- Giving Tuesday.

The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations."

Several Waltham-area -based nonprofits are among those using their websites and social media networks to kick off the inaugural effort. They include larger organizations such as Boston Children's Hospital 

The effort includes the Twitter hashtag #GivingTuesday, designed to help spread the word.

What do you think? Can a social media push get people giving more of their money and time to charities during the holiday season?


Robert Ritchie November 27, 2012 at 06:22 PM
While it's nice to donate to charity, how about doing something that is even better for society, and totally free? Restore honor. Without honor, there's no trust. No trust in families, no trust in buying and selling, no trust in who you donate to, or who you buy from. How about a day when we do somethnig honorable? Or have we forgotten what that is? Join the debate about how we can restore honor to America. http://www.returntoorder.org/2012/11/embedding-honor-in-society-restoring-trust/
matt November 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Great idea Robert. I agree 100%

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