Get Involved and Give – on Giving Tuesday

Have you thought about what you’re doing on Tuesday, December 3rd? I’m giving to charity.

Last year, in the United States, a movement called Giving Tuesday brought together 2,500 partners, including charities, businesses, individuals and families, for a day of giving – donating time and money to great causes.

Following the well-known U.S. days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday encourages people to begin the holiday season by giving back to the community by volunteering or donating to favourite causes.

This year, a collaborative of 15 Canadian businesses, agencies and individuals partnered to join the Giving Tuesday movement. Membership is free to anyone who wants to join. So far, there are 640 members including United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

December 3, 2013 is National Giving Tuesday and it’s a big deal. A collective mobilization of people to be charitable inspires stronger action and can make big differences. It’s true, we can make a difference as an individual, but it makes a bigger difference when we all work together. It’s about giving back to communities and showing people you care, which aligns perfectly with United Way’s mission.

Get involved on Giving Tuesday by donating new or gently-used coats and winter wear to United Way’s Coats for Kids & Families. Since many families live with limited resources and can’t afford warm clothing for the winter months, each year, we try our best to meet the needs of the community. To date, we have distributed 4,290 coats in the Alberta Capital Region. Items most needed are coats for men, infant winter wear and toques and mitts. Coats can be dropped off at any Page the Cleaner, in the Alberta Capital Region, until December 6, 2013. Visit the link to Coats for Kids & Families to find a location that is convenient for you.

Thousands of men, women and children live in poverty in our Capital Region and struggle to meet basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. Some people don’t have the support system of family and friends. When the community, government, businesses and agencies all work together to help create pathways out of poverty, people have the opportunity to live happier, hopeful and more comfortable lives.  

After you have taken a few minutes to clean out your closets and find those coats, toques and mitts that you no longer wear, you may want to:

• Organize a collection site for you and your co-workers at the office
• Get together with your neighbours and round up a collection of coats and winter wear.
• Let your son or daughter’s school know about Giving Tuesday and ask them to talk to family and friends to collect coats

Giving Tuesday is your day to give!