Giving Tuesday.

It’s a day to take a break from retail spending and celebrate the spirit of the season by supporting the causes closest to your heart.

Dozens of local charities are hoping that Giving Tuesday, always held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, brings an increase in donations and volunteer support.

That includes the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland, which is facing a big challenge this year with a major uptick in the number of families in need of services.

Manager of Special Services Jodi Keller says the Salvation Army has been asked to provide holiday gifts for 4,500 children locally – which is 1,000 more than last year.

To donate, go to All donations will stay in Northeast Ohio and benefit local families.

Here’s a sample of other nonprofits across Northeast Ohio that are seeking Giving Tuesday support:

ACCESS Inc., Akron’s homeless shelter for women and children, is looking to stock its shoe shelves for shelter guests on Giving Tuesday. Donations of new shoes are greatly needed, as well as financial donations. All sizes and widths of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes will be accepted. Donations can be dropped off 24 hours a day at ACCESS, 230 W. Market St., Akron.

• United Way of Greater Cleveland is devoting its Giving Tuesday campaign to fighting opiate addiction. All donations made on Tuesday will support United Way-funded programs focused on addiction recovery, and all gifts will be doubled through a matching grant provided by Medical Mutual. For more information, click here.

• For the Alive Inside Coalition, which is competing in the Newman’s Own Foundation 500K Holiday Challenge, Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to connect with supporters who can help them win the grand prize. The coalition, which provides Alzheimer’s patients with music therapy and recruits volunteers to spend time with them, needs people to spread the word about their crowdfunding page. Click here to learn more.

• Lots of people choose to give to their alma mater on Giving Tuesday. If you attended Kent State University, information on the school’s Giving Tuesday initiatives can be found here.

• At Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village in Russell Township, volunteers are needed to clean the shelter from top to bottom on Giving Tuesday. The shelter is also hosting an adoption event on Tuesday from noon to 7 pm. Click here to learn more or to make a Giving Tuesday donation.