So it might just be me and that I’ve slept since last year… but is “Giving Tuesday” a fairly new thing?
I only ask because I am feeling lots of feelings about it.
Don’t worry, I’m not being a scrooge about it, I am all for giving to those in need, both financially and with our time (the later is more important I think!).
Out of all the “Shopping Holidays” that are celebrated at this time of year (aka black Friday, small business Saturday, and cyber Monday) this one is probably THE most important day to participate in. (You should still shop small/local businesses too throughout the rest of the holiday :))
But why should we focus our giving on ONE day? Or even ONE holiday season?
I am participating in an email Advent calendar through Amor Ministries, a group based out of San Diego that builds homes for those in need all over the world. Each day of the Advent season (the days leading up to Christmas) we are challenged to think differently about our lives and how to serve others around us. (Click here if you want to join the email list…)
How appropriate that today on “Giving Tuesday” we are challenged to not only serve during the holidays, but to take time throughout the rest of the year to volunteer too.
If you have a free moment- take the time to read this blog. True, it’s focusing on a Rescue Mission in San Diego, but you can hear the same stories and apply the same principles to right here in Columbus, Indiana.
There are people in need 365 days a year, not just at Christmas time. So I encourage you to get the family together and find a way to help others in our area. The Bartholomew County United Way website provides a great resource with an updated list of Volunteer Opportunities. Your neighborhood church is also a great resource to find ways your family can help those in need.
Happy Giving Tuesday! OK I’ll stop being super serious now and get back to the silly gifs…