December 2, 2014

If Every Tuesday Was A #GivingTuesday



In the frenzy of “the holiday shopping season”, there is an opportunity to stop and reflect on what “the season” is really all about.  #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. In just two short years, thousands of people like you and me have joined the #GivingTuesday movement to make a concerted effort to give and support organizations that are important to us.

I grew up in a family where giving was just part of who we were as a family. Whether it was inviting military personnel to enjoy holiday meals with us, collecting donations for the local rescue mission, or raising money for Jewish causes, it was just how my family chose to make these things part of our life.

In the Jewish religion there is a concept called Tikkun Olam. Literally, it means repairing the world. But how it is implemented is through doing good for others. It’s woven into my fabric as a person, to give back. And whether it’s called giving back or paying forward, what’s most important is doing good things for other people.

It doesn’t matter if you have to make a conscious effort or if it’s “just how you roll”, imagine if every Tuesday was a giving Tuesday? Imagine all the good that would happen every week. Imagine the amazing changes we would see in ourselves, our children, our community.  Our world.

Throughout the year, my family and I support a number of different organizations. I have amazing friends who’ve started charities that I support. There are organizations like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offering free support and education to families for many different situations. Programs like Shot at Life that offer life-saving vaccines to children around the globe. And easy ways to help others close to home, whether through food donations, diaper drives, or sock collections.

Giving to others is such a good feeling. It’s a legacy that needs to be passed on to the next generation. And there is no better day to start of life of gratitude for all we have than today.

Disclosure: I am a Social Media Ambassador for the #GivingTuesday social good movement. I am not compensated for my support. I participate because “it’s how I roll”.


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