It sometimes seems like all we have talked about the past few weeks is to spend as much as possible and getting the best deals we can. We’re urged to spend to help the economy and give as much as possible to our loved ones.
But that subject isn't really about giving or gifting. It’s about spending money on things we don’t need, and perhaps a little bit of greed thrown in for good measure.
A reaction to this in the past few years is Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Black Friday and the day after Cyber Monday) where people can donate their time and money to good causes.
Many companies like Google and eBay have been instrumental in giving back on this day. Google has worked with online news website Mashable to have a Hangout-a-thon, encouraging companies to donate to charity, and giving non-profit organizations the chance to talk about what they do and how to help them.
Other companies like the Discover Credit Card company have given a 2 percent match for donations from their customers and a generous $50 match for employee donations.
Microsoft, CVS Drugstores and AT&T are among other corporations that have donated.
A good idea is to check these companies to see how you can help them. Donate via your credit card, or see if your purchases on Giving Tuesday can help you to donate.
Share and tweet about Giving Tuesday. The Home Depot has donated huge amounts when this is done via their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Share on your own to encourage giving and ask your friends to share too!
There are many ways we can give back on Giving Tuesday. Look in your pantry and see what you can donate. Food banks are always looking for non-perishable goods (check sell-by dates to make sure they are not too old for consumption).
Since it’s the holiday season, also consider holiday foods like nice soups, cake and cookie mixes and holiday decorations or unwrapped gifts.
Food banks always have a shortage of kitchen and bathroom items. They need soap, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, feminine hygiene products, razors and toilet paper. They also need laundry detergent, kitchen supplies and washing up liquid.