On the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday.
You might be surprised to know how it’s grown since it was created in 2012 as a “day that encourages people to do good.”
Now, it’s considered a “global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.”
And its impact is huge. Last year on this day $400 million was given in the United States alone.
The website, givingtuesday.org, where these quotes are seen, has resources listed if you need help to get involved.
But locally, it’s as easy as helping organizations that help us each and every day in Kenosha County.
As we do every year, the Kenosha News recently reached out and asked agencies to send their wish lists for this holiday season.
Dozens of agencies followed up, and our compilation of the Wish Lists for 2019 was published in the Sunday Living section just before Thanksgiving and can be found at kenoshanews.com. We’ll share it on our Facebook page time and again until Christmas.
The needs are varied but every one of them is important.
Some examples: The Kenosha Human Development Services Inc. needs men’s and women’s sweatpants, sweatshirts, underwear and socks, all sizes; the Shalom Center needs gas and gift cards as well as winter clothes for men and women; and Women and Children’s Horizons needs towels, bed pillows, blankets and comforters.
Of course these agencies provided a longer list of needs, and others did too. And all would appreciate any money sent their way.
An agency that needs your help on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season is the Salvation Army, recognized by the red kettles you see on your shopping trips.
The Salvation Army’s year-round work to help residents merits support, and its Christmas Toy Shop for families in need is an annual distribution that warms hearts.
Marie Lewis, corps administrator for the Salvation Army of Kenosha County, recently wrote in a column in the Kenosha News that the agency is “so blessed to have wonderful people and community support.”
“I know that we could not help those in need without each of you,” she wrote. “Thank you so very much.”
On Giving Tuesday, other agency leaders might say the same thing. If you can help today, do so. It will go a long way toward helping your neighbors.