A creative way we can all take a little U-turn back to giving thanks…..and giving…..in the middle of these days so focused on getting.
With two teenaged daughters in my house, the last several days were pretty focused on getting things! Black Friday and Cyber Monday fascinated my daughters, who were appalled that our family didn’t have big plans for tracking down the deals. Instead, we focused on shopping small on Small Business Saturday (see OneJustice’s last blog post), and today — Tuesday November 27 — we are fired up for #GivingTuesday, a creative new way to remind us all to give back in this season of giving thanks.
OneJustice is a proud partner in the first annual #GivingTuesday, the day that also marks the official opening day of the giving season. We’re joining almost 2,000 nonprofits and corporations around the country to celebrate the work of nonprofits in our society – with the goal of driving donations of time, money, or services to charities with the same enthusiasm that shoppers have on Black Friday.
It is a beautifully simple idea, and one that calls on ideals and values that are at the core of American society. First, find a way to give back – through your local school, faith-based organization, charity – maybe even through OneJustice! Then tell others in your network about what you did – and why it matters. #GivingTuesday is about reminding all of us that we are a generous people – with our time, our energy, and with our financial support.
One way to celebrate #GivingTuesday is to Give the Gift of Justice to veterans facing legal barriers to benefits and medical care, vulnerable seniors living in rural and isolated areas of the state, and low-income children who need legal help to access new immigration programs or educational services. Donate today to our Veterans, Seniors, or Children’s Legal Aid Funds, and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous group of donors who are also exercising their generosity today as part of #GivingTuesday!
And then let’s all help spread the word! Then take a picture of yourself with a piece of paper proudly saying that you “Gave the Gift of Justice” on “#GivingTuesday” and post it to the #GivingTuesday facebook page and also the OneJustice facebook page.
However you decide to give back to your community, we thank you! The world is a better place because of your generosity. We look forward to celebrating #GivingTuesday with you every year.