First it starts with Thanksgiving, a celebration of family and food. You know, the things that lots of us are thankful for. Then we have Black Friday, basically undoing all that thankfulness with a strong dose of consumerism.
After both of those bouts of mass consumption, there's Small Business Saturday, which encourages shoppers to buy local (it's one of our favorite of these made-up "holidays," and a newer example). Since many of us do a great deal of shopping online – at work, apparently – the Monday after Thanksgiving has been deemed Cyber Monday for the past few years. And, now, bringing the thanks full circle, we have Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday started in 2012 as a way for people to give back to the community, be it through charitable giving or donations of time and items. You can also participate in the social media arm of the movement by posting your #unselfie on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Want to know where you can make donations that help locally? Here are some Central Florida organizations worthy of your #GivingTuesday consideration:
There are also a couple of local Cyber Monday deals you can get in on that would serve as Giving Tuesday one day early:
Know of any other local charities participating in Giving Tuesday? Let us know in the comments.
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