Mark your calendars, friends. Black Friday has come and gone (let’s not forget Black Thursday) and while I’ll admit I went shopping, I didn’t go shopping for gifts. I went later in the day and just did grocery shopping. The crowd had dwindled, door busters ransacked and it was a lot less hectic.
Cyber Monday is more my style these days, I can sit in front of my laptop with coffee in hand while I try to get my hands on big-ticket items. I try to be modest though and buy what we need not necessarily want. Though, getting something that we want isn’t a bad thing but, I find that giving is just as rewarding.
Did you know that this year, Americans will spend $89 billion on online shopping? That is kinda crazy! Do you know what day is even better?
Well, friends, that day is Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday is a day that is dedicated to true giving. So, how can you get involved? It’s simple, all you have to do is give time or money to a cause or person you care about. Whether it is paying the bill for the person behind you in the coffee shop drive-thru line or contributing cash to a non-profit that researches and increases awareness for a disease affecting a loved one.
To me, giving means giving another person something or providing a service of sorts and expecting absolutely nothing back. Not even recognition. My mother taught me to give with a happy heart and to be a cheerful giver. I try to instill this same practice in my girls because it is so important.
Giving Tuesday is an excellent reminder to make a change and not stand idly by. I know that often times we think that we will do it later or I don’t know if I can but, small things make big differences.
Find a GiveForward Recipient who inspires you:
$10 treats Chris to lunch at his overpriced hospital cafeteria.
$25 covers a day of Jim & Brandi’s living expenses post-motorcycle-accident.
$90 buys Darla a day off work while she fights breast cancer.
$150 will pay for a night at Patsy’s hotel during her clinical trial.
$500 is Nancy’s monthly COBRA payment.
$600 affords ALS patient John a Vitamix so he can eat through a feeding tube.
Giving can happen every single day and if you can, you should. Sometimes your time can be incredibly valuable if you aren’t able to give monetarily. Though any amount helps. Small acts can truly make a person’s day or change lives significantly. I do my best to support causes that are near and dear to me and remember to be kind wherever I go.
It’s important to give directly, a fellow blogger is spreading the word about this very important and personal cause about the Shah family, you can read all about it, here.
Giving Tuesday is an excellent reminder to think of those who need help. So after you’ve done your Cyber Monday shopping, maybe take a small time to reflect. You can share your Giving Tuesday moments by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GiveForward.
Do you plan to give back on Giving Tuesday?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.