When you Google “giving” the top two definitions are “providing love or other emotional support” and “to freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone).”
Giving Tuesday, on December 3 this year, is a global movement for giving that takes place each year after Black Friday. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Now it is a movement—an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.
What organizations would you like to provide your support to? It’s something we all might want to think about. What causes are dear to my heart? Have I or a loved one received help from an organization or group during a difficult time? Is there an issue I feel passionate about? Is there a condition I want to change? Is there a service in this community that enriches the lives of my neighbours? Where can my donation make a difference?
Involve your family and friends in the discussion. It’s never too early to start the conversation with children either. Ask them what they care about, or would like to change. If they’re older, encourage them to research some charities and choose one, then to donate a small amount. Even a little makes a difference.
As a society we are known by how we look after and support those most in need, and those most vulnerable. Wherever you give, give generously, with a caring heart.
-Gena Robertson, Executive Director, SIRCH Community Services