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Mark your calendar for GivingTuesday


Our calendars are filled with holidays, events, appointments and deadlines, but this year, our calendar is also marked with a new event: GivingTuesday.

Sounds like another made-up calendar event, huh? But, surprisingly, it’s not.

GivingTuesday is a national campaign developed to add a new day, set aside for giving, to the calendar. It is one, large-scale, national day — Tuesday, Dec. 3 — of giving, and raising funds and awareness for important causes everywhere, including right here in the Miami Valley.

Dayton Children’s Hospital is a second-year GivingTuesday participant.

I stumbled upon GivingTuesday while seeking a way to give back to the community of readers who have supported my mothering endeavors for more than five years now. How better to do that than to give to the children who make us mothers (and fathers)? If you can bring a smile to a child, then you also bring a smile — and a moment of joy — to a mother and father.

“GivingTuesday is a refreshing concept,” said Grace Jones, marketing communications specialist at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“You can make it your own. GivingTuesday is a national campaign with local impact.”

Jones said funds raised on GivingTuesday will help the facility purchase lifesaving equipment; but GivingTuesday isn’t just about giving financially, it is also about giving of your time and talents.

I enlisted the help of family and friends to put together a campaign simply called Totes for Tots. And it has gone far beyond our wildest expectations. We are thrilled to be able to distribute more than 200 holiday gift bags to patients and nurses at Dayton Children’s Hospital on GivingTuesday.

Dayton Children’s debuted a new commercial during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade featuring patients thanking contributors for past funds used to purchase medical supplies, including a new ambulance.

“My hope with this is that people are encouraged to give because they see the hope in these kids,” said Jones.

“I want people to feel good about when they give to Dayton Children’s. It’s about the kids.”

GivingTuesday festivities will begin early in the day tomorrow and continue through 4 p.m.

For more information visit GivingTuesday.org or childrensdayton.org.


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