#GivingTuesday - Not Just A Hashtag
"Giving Tuesday? Why do we have just one day to give? Why do you limit your giving to just one day?"
Have you heard this yet this morning or leading up to today? It's probably true that you won't make it through the day without hearing something along these lines. While the sentiment behind saying that sort of thing is probably in a good place, it can be dangerous. Believe it or not, there are people out there who don't want to get involved today in a sort of protest--because they don't want to "follow the pack" who only gives or cares or volunteers on this one day.
Guess what? This pack is a very, very good thing. And it is very, very large. It shouldn't be bashed. It should be widely celebrated--as it is by most.
It's not necessarily the dollar amount from donations or volunteer hours to which people commit during the day today. It's more that giving, caring and helping others out gets the spotlight and these principles get launched into scaled public discourse. A "branded" day is great for this very reason. It should be nothing but celebrated. By doing so, #GivingTuesday is going to get us to, yes, think about giving every day.
There are a lot of ways to get involved today. Here's a great place to start: givingtuesday.org