Giving Tuesday


Are your credit cards smoking after a busy Black Friday and Cyber Monday? There’s one day left: Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. The great thing about Giving Tuesday is that you don’t have to spend money if you’re all tapped out. You can also give the gift of time.

Two of my favorite holiday traditions involve giving to those in need.

1. MSPCA Holiday Tree

The animal shelter for which I volunteer has a holiday fundraiser that warms my heart every year. People are invited to buy ornaments that feature their pets’ names and photos, and they are hung on two huge trees set up in a local mall. I buy an ornament for my snarly puss and all of my friends’ four-legged children. My friends and I enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, which includes music, animals, and treats for humans as well as animals. After the ceremony ends, my friends and I split up and look through the hundreds of ornaments to find our pets’ ornaments. We have been successful the past few years!

2. Write For Rights

Every year around International Human Rights Day (December 10), Amnesty International runs a global letter-writing campaign. People pledge to write letters in support of prisoners of conscience around the world. I never fail to be shocked by these cases. I am glad to do my part in helping people who are wrongly imprisoned.

So what charity are you planning to give to this year? Need some ideas?

Check out and for volunteer opportunities.

Ring the bell at a Salvation Army red kettle.

Clean out your pantry/closet/linen closet and donate what you don’t need to food pantries, Goodwill, etc.

DO IT! As Ben Carson said, “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”

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