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Giving Tuesday: Give During Holiday Season

Atlanta-based CARE, Habitat for Humanity and Project GRAD Atlanta are among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.

 

Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season?

A partnership of nonprofits hopes so.

For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week.

Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet _ Giving Tuesday.

The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations."

Several local nonprofits are taking part, including

And many local chapters of national organization, such as

There are also a number of Philadelphia-based charities tkaing part. Click here for the complete list of Pennsylvania partners.

The effort includes the Twitter hashtag #GivingTuesday, designed to help spread the word.

What do you think? Can a social media push get people giving more of their money and time to charities during the holiday season?


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