#GivingTuesday: How to participate

We already have a day for giving thanks, and two days for shopping. How about a day for giving back? That’s where #GivingTuesday comes in. This year, you can participate to help mark the giving season’s opening day. You can also take a more in-depth look at what we’re doing for #GivingTuesday, including ways to help locally, here.

What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is, essentially, a day for giving back. This year, it will be celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, on November 27. Here is the mission statement, excerpted from givingtuesday.org:

“#GivingTuesday is a campaign 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.”

Find more detailed information about #GivingTuesday here.

How can I participate?

There are many ways to participate, whether it’s simply to spread the word or donate time or money.

Talk about it. Mention it on social media, post it on your Facebook and Twitter (you can use some of these examples). The more you can get the word out, spread awareness and encourage others to participate, the better. You can also follow @GivingTues on Twitter, and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Go do it. There are more than one way to do this. Not sure where to start? Here are a few suggestions:

-          Participate in the Dayton Daily News Valley Food Relief campaign, where you can donate money or food to needy families for the holidays. Want to donate via text message? Text MEAL to 80888.

-          The Hamilton Journal-News and the Middletown Journal are campaigning for the Shared Harvest Foodbank. If you'd like to make a text donation, text EATS to 80888. The Springfield News-Sun is campaigning for the Second Harvest Foodbank

-  If you text donations - A one time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from you prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions and you are 18 years or older or have parental permission. All purchases must be authorized by account holder: Donations are collected for the benefit of The Foodbank and Shared Harvest by the innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.ort/t. Privacy Policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (specify 80888 or 85944) to stop; Text HELP to (specify 80888 or 85944) for help.

-          WHIO-TV will be supporting the efforts of Salvation Army.

-          K99 is accepting donations for Cares for Kids and volunteers for Dayton Children's Medical Center.

-          Donate to a local charity -- click here for an interactive map.

-          Partner with other nonprofits and businesses who are giving back for #GivingTuesday right here. Still looking for a different way to give back? Make it personal. #GivingTuesday’s website has a great list of ways to give.


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