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posted by Katie Slade on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

You know about Black Friday, a day of deals, shopping, and rushing.  You know about Cyber Monday, a day to finish up all the shopping you didn’t get done on Black Friday from the comfort of your living room.  But, do you know about #GivingTuesday?

The days following Thanksgiving can be a blur of getting the Christmas decorations up, rushing here and there, and lots and lots of shopping, but #GivingTuesday is the day you and the rest of the world can come together and give back.  On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, we will honor giving back, rejoice in kindness, and celebrate generosity.

#GivingTuesday was started in 2012 by a cultural center in New York City, 92nd Street Y, to celebrate and encourage giving.  A group of influencers and founding partners offered their expertise and worked tirelessly to launch their idea.  Now, in its fourth year, it has become a global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration.  #GivingTuesday not only brings people together to give, it’s also a chance to provide a small act of kindness, make a difference in your community, and encourage those around you to do the same.

There are countless ways to include EPI in your #GivingTuesday plans. 

  1. You can take a tag from this year’s Giving Tree and provide a gift to a person with a disability who would not otherwise have any.
  2. Reserve a seat or table to More Than You See, an exciting fundraiser featuring an entertaining dueling pianos show and fun silent auction. 
  3. Or, simply make a donation or a reoccurring gift to ensure the critical services EPI provides to persons with disabilities are there when they need them. 

So this year, after the turkey and thanks, after the best deals of the year, both in the store and online, take some time to give back.  Give back with a random act of kindness, a gift to your favorite nonprofit, or volunteering your time to help others.  And when you’re done – tell us and all your friends about it – on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or even MySpace if you still have it, using #GivingTuesday. 

Spread some joy this year and give.

About The Author

As the Executive Director of Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI), Katie believes in EPI's vision of - working together we will realize a future where all people are recognized and valued – encouraged and supported to live, work, and grow – in their communities. At EPI w ... read more