“True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.” – Suze Orman
Have you heard of the “Giving Tuesday” movement that has spread around the world? Better yet, have you been a part of it? Giving Tuesday began ten years ago and quickly spread to almost every corner of the globe. While our consumerist culture often highlights spending money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday (held on the Tuesday following the two holidays) is all about giving, collaborating, and celebrating generosity. So, what kind of events might you witness on Giving Tuesday?
One sweet story is that of Auggie Fisher and his sister, Lylla. These two animal-lover siblings usually hold a bake sale, dubbed “A Dog’s Latte,” in their grandparents’ driveway to raise money for a local animal shelter. They had so much success that in 2021, they were able to partner up with the Better Together Animal Alliance and hold a much bigger fundraising operation. After raising almost a thousand dollars, a matching donation brought the two humanitarians’ total up to $1,870.
Auggie isn’t the only one taking initiative across the country. Giving Tuesday estimates that roughly 35 million people participated in the event in America last year. As for the event making its way around the globe, countries such as Greece, Nepal, Peru, South Sudan, and Zambia are the latest to officially join the movement.
Asha Curran, the CEO of Giving Tuesday, says that “giving is an important metric of civic participation, a way to build the kind of society we want to live in. Our hope is that this boost of generosity is an inspiration for continued giving, kindness, and recognition of our shared humanity each day of the year.”
The Giving Tuesday movement shows that although darkness can be found just about anywhere in the world, people’s ability to shine their light on others will always prevail. Coming out of a global pandemic and facing the possibility of a recession, people are more aware of the need for generosity. Giving what you can or helping where you will never go unappreciated, and judging by the size of Giving Tuesday, millions of people feel the same.
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At Sheltering Grace, we believe that generosity is the heart and soul of a united community. Our great team of like-minded people is passionate about helping homeless mothers and babies end their devastating cycle of homelessness. Please contact us at 678-337-7858 to learn how you can help. Your one act of kindness can make all the difference to mothers and babies in need.