After Thanksgiving, there is really only one thing on everyone’s mind, shopping. Holiday shopping and savings. Made a list, checking it twice, the main objective: to get everyone naughty and nice off of your list as SOON as possible.
This year, retailers experienced a huge deficit in their sales, according to the Guardian.com , sales were down 1 billion dollars in comparison to last year. So what did shoppers do with their extra time and money since it was not spent in the brick and mortar stores?
Many people spent their Black Fridays enjoying time with family instead of busting down doors for the latest holiday deals. Some, opted to skip the stores all together and opted to shop online during Cyber Monday, and then their were still others, who completely forgoed the shopping all together, and instead focused on another effort, #GivingTuesday.
#GivingTuesday, the 24-hour online campaign, that started back in 2012, encourages individuals to make donations or volunteer with the charity or philanthropic effort of their choice. The campaign seeks to bring about enlightenment and global community efforts. According to #GivingTuesday, the campaign has made over,“15.4 billion global impressions” that through social media, and has contributed to increased online donations by over 470% since its inception three years ago.
So, how can people of Chicago contribute on #GivingTuesday and beyond?
Here’s an example:
One of the ways I contributed this #GivingTuesday was through my local Barnes & Nobles. Barnes & Nobles partnered with the local organization Children’s Home + Aid, a charity that collects and distributes books to children and teens in foster care around the metropolitan area. Along with the magazine I purchases, I donated a book as well. Reading has always been important to me, and a huge part of my character and growth as an individual. The book I decided to donate was one by one of my favorite, classic, adolescent authors, Judy Blume.
There were hundreds of efforts taking place today that continue throughout the holiday season. No matter big or small, seek out ways to give this holiday season that encourage, uplift, and inspire you and your community. Below are some of my favorite organizations here in Chicago. Check them out and find out how you can continue to give this holiday season!
PAWS: A no kill animal shelter
Chicago Cares: A volunteer search platform
United Way of Chicago: an organization that supports the achievement of individuals and their families through education, financially stability, and healthy lifestyles.
Ronald McDonald House Chicago: provides care and enrichment for children and their families.