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Giving Tuesday aimed at donating to charities or volunteering
After several big shopping days, a national movement is encouraging a different type of spending. Dec. 03, 2013 is Giving Tuesday. It's intended to encourage donations to charities and volunteerism. It falls right after two big shopping holidays, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
You may have seen #GivingTuesday all over the internet. It's trying to get people in the giving spirit by supporting organization that make a difference. The Waterfront Rescue Mission is one of them. They help thousands of homeless people each year.
"Since I've been here, my minds cleared. Things have become more into focus for me." said John Jenkins.
He had lost his job, his family and his home due to alcoholism. "It was all day every day. I was pretty much living to use." he said.
In September, he turned to the Waterfront Rescue mission to get back on his feet. He said, " 360 degree turnaround. My outlook is a lot better. I'm in the process of rebuilding my relationship with my family."
It's organizations like this who are participating in #GivingTuesday. There has been a big social media push, along with other campaigns. Our local Boys and Girls club are doing dollar matches to encourage donations. Anyone that's run a non-profit knows how difficult it is when it comes to finances. It costs $5,000,000 a year to run the Waterfront Rescue Mission. The director, Mick Breault said, "There's many months we wonder whether we'll make it through, but God provides."
The mission and other local organizations hope this holiday tradition sticks around for years to come. They hope the local impact will one day mirror what's spread across the country.
This is the 2nd year this has been done. Last year, nationwide more than $10,000,000 in donations was collected