"It is better to give than to receive."
So we say, but do we act on it? As great as Black Friday weekend deals are, the rise of rabid consumerism this time of year caused some to think we might need a friendly reminder to refocus on the true spirit of the season. Thus Giving Tuesday was born, a day in which we as a global community celebrate generosity and give back.
Last year, Giving Tuesday donations across the board amounted to more than $19 million, which was almost double the first year of Giving Tuesday! This year we can do even more (after all, Americans alone spent over $57 billion during the 2013 Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend). There are only two steps, so join us and prove that it really is better to give than to receive!
Step 1: GIVE YOUR MONEY! Donate money to organizations that help your local or global community! Giving through Heifer can double as a donation and an especially meaningful gift to a loved one, so check out our gift guide and go for it!!!
Step 2: GIVE YOUR VOICE! This is important. Talk about it! Tweet it! Facebook everybody you know! Whisper in co-workers' ears! People can't participate in Giving Tuesday if they don't know about it, and leaving people out is the exact opposite of what we're going for here. The hashtag is #GivingTuesday, so get giving and share about it like crazy!