In the United States, there are two days for snagging deals during the holiday season: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For those unfamiliar with both, Black Friday takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Stores nationwide open their doors extra early and close even later in order to let consumers participate in all the sales offered. Cyber Monday happens the Monday after Black Friday, where shopping websites set up deals available online only, for those who wish to shop from home. But during a season where being thankful for what we have has become a backburner for buying all we can get, a day dedicated specifically to giving seems a necessity. In comes #GivingTuesday, which, according to it’s website, “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 non-profit organizations.”
The first #GivingTuesday was started by New York City's 92nd Street YMCA and United Nations Foundation. It has attracted more than 2,000 partners, both non-profit organizations who’ve committed to a #GivingTuesday initiative and for-profit business who’ve promised to start projects that will benefit a charity. The second annual #GivingTuesday will take place this December 3, 2013. Anyone and everyone can participate in this worldwide movement, even people who aren’t involved with non/for-profit businesses. Hugh Jackman gives back with Laughing Man Coffee and Tea, whose sales support small farmers and their families worldwide. Some other ideas: donate non-perishables to a food pantry or clothes to your local homeless shelter. For more information visit the #GivingTuesday website.