Blog: Black Friday! Cyber Monday! #Giving Tuesday?

11:03 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about spending money, organizers hope #Giving Tuesday catches on.

It's a way that, through social media, people can use the day to give of their time or money donating to worthy causes.

Now, I have never been one to shop on Black Friday. In fact, I go out of my way to avoid stores and malls and the crush of humanity that it all entails.

Of course, that's easy to do because I usually work Black Friday so that others who enjoy shopping or visiting their family out-of-town can have the day off and a four-day weekend. (I also work Thanksgiving for the same reason).

If I don't work, I usually go to a movie and relax. In an effort to provide full disclosure, I am the only member of my family who didn't inherit the "shopping gene." I really loathe shopping.

But I digress.

#Giving Tuesday has already got about 800 organizations on board, both corporations and non-profits. And not just small companies but big ones, like Microsoft and Sony.

Actually, #GivingTuesday is a consumer movement, much like the big post-Thanksgiving shopping days, and organizers say it's up to people to make it a success.

The goal is to drive donations of time, money or services to charities with the same enthusiasm that shoppers have on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Help launch #Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27

I guess this idea has really struck a chord with me because I see so many people who see shopping -- especially for Christmas -- as a Ninja sport of some kind and they become obsessed with it.

Now don't get me wrong. I love to get presents and I appreciate those who shop for me but I would much rather have the gift of their time and attention.

And the gift of time is also something that is involved with #Giving Tuesday. One of the best times I've had recently was volunteering at the Cleveland Foodbank with some of my co-workers.

So, as you contemplate your Thanksgiving plans, think about what you can do after the holiday and before the Christmas frenzy sets in three weeks later.

It's a thought worth thinking about.


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