Black Friday, Cyber Monday and… GIVING TUESDAY!

~This post was written in a partnership with The Motherhood for Giving Tuesday. All opinions are my own!

With Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, I’ve been seeing the Black Friday craze all over the place. People are planning their shopping trips and tracking down the must-have deals. Maybe they’re participating in Small Business Saturday with local shops or staying home for Cyber Monday. With all this buying and “getting,” how about a time for giving? Help me spread the word about GIVING TUESDAY!

Giving Tuesday Giving Tuesday is a national movement for a day of giving. “It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.” (from

Giving Tuesday began just last year when the 92nd Street Y in New York teamed up with the United Nations Foundation. On Giving Tuesday in 2013, charities reported a 53% increase in giving on average that day. This year, already more than 5,000 partners have signed on!

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When I was a kid I remember the image of a Christmas stocking on the front page of our newspaper every day during the holiday season. Each day it filled up with color a little bit more. After asking what it was for and learning that they were collecting donations for people in need, I decided to donate allowance money to the Stocking each year. I liked the idea of sharing and I think I liked being able to see that stocking fill up–visual learner here 😉

Now that we have kids of our own, it’s important for us to teach them about kindness and giving to others that may not be as fortunate as we are. Sometimes this is hard for our son (almost 4yo) to understand, but he has the biggest heart ever. He’s so caring and considerate of others…. this year, he asked “who needs a hug?” Ohhh, buddy, I bet a LOT of people could use a hug <3

How we’re celebrating Giving Tuesday…

  • Ryan’s preschool is filling stockings for boys and girls in need. I got a list of preferred items and Ryan is going to pick out things at the store with me to GIVE to other little kids. He’s so good at this–picking out things for kids his own age that he would want to keep himself–but learning and realizing that he can give to make others happy.

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  • I checked locally to see how my town was getting involved with Giving Tuesday. I found that the Barbara Olson Center of Hope is running a campaign by sharing videos highlighting amazing stories of individuals from within their Center of Hope family on the last three Thursdays of November (including Thanksgiving Day). Their mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities. On Giving Tuesday, The Coleman Foundation is generously matching 100% of the online donations made to the Barbara Olson Center of Hope up to $20,000. Ryan loves to collect money in his piggy bank and he always says he’s saving it up. We’ll count it together and I’ll let him decide how much of his money he’d like to donate on December 3rd, Giving Tuesday, and he can watch his parents donate, too. Teach by example!

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  • Let the kids pick… there are just SO many ways to get involved. You can do as much or as little as you’re able. Go through the closets and donate clothes that don’t fit anymore, pick out old toys your kids can give to other children this holiday season, go through your kitchen and donate to the local food pantry, or do something as simple (and sweet) as singing carols at the nursing home or making homemade cards to send overseas. Volunteer some time at the shelter or help out at church. Talking about all of these ideas with your kids can help show them the many ways we can give–and not just money or toys, but our time.

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Last year, we donated a box of toys to Operation Christmas Child. Ryan helped me pick out the toys at the store, but when it came time to pack them up, he said he was unhappy about sending them away. The next morning, however, he said he didn’t want the toys because some other kid needed to be “lucky” like him. This year, he’s prepared to share and give and now we can show his little sister how we do it.

How can you get involved in Giving Tuesday?

Support Giving Tuesday and share your plans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest with the hashtag #GivingTuesday to help spread the word. You could also take a photo, tag it #unselfie and #GivingTuesday, and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram between now and December 3.

Check out The Motherhood’s 12 Days of Giving, featuring bloggers and their ideas and stories for Giving Tuesday. You can also find Giving Tuesday partners participating in your own town or check out the Giving Tuesday site for more ideas.

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~This post was written in a partnership with The Motherhood for #GivingTuesday. All opinions are my own!

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