First came Black Friday, the retail-obsessed day after Thanksgiving. Then came Cyber Monday, when shoppers swamp the internet.
Now, thanks to the wisdom of several New Yorkers who realized that there are people truly in need during this season of giving and that attention should be focused on them, too, #GivingTuesday was created.
Catholic Charities will, once again, participate in this year's initiative on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd. More than 6000 agencies from all 50 states are expected to participate in #GivingTuesday this year.
"Simply put, #GivingTuesday is a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season," explained Laura Jumonville, director of Development for Catholic Charities. "It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations." Bill and Melinda Gates are strong supporters of the initiative, she added.
Locally, the agency is focusing on basic program needs that, although extremely important, do not always get included in tight program budgets. A few examples include art supplies for our Refugee Afterschool Program, or warm scarves and mittens for the elderly.
"Many of our program leaders find themselves in situations similar to school teachers," added Jumonville. "They dig into their own pockets to make sure that their programs have the basic program supplies they need."
Other commonly needed items include cleaning supplies, diapers (size 4 and up), personal care supplies, white crew socks, Boys boxer briefs, jigsaw puzzles, Kroger gift cards, children's books, and coloring books and crayons.
Catholic Charities has established two ways for supporters to help any number of its programs focused on children, teens, families, and the elderly.
1. BUY from our Amazon wish list.
2. DONATE to Catholic Charities of Tennessee's #GivingTuesday initiative online.
For information on specific needs, go to http://bit.ly/1vipPh9 or contact Laura Jumonville at 760-1014 or email@example.com.
SOURCE: http://www.dioceseofnashville.com/documents/tnregister.pdf (Page 5)