Be hands on and hearts in this Giving Tuesday
by Allison Hatfield | November 21, 2019
Launched in 2012 in large part as a social media movement in response to the aggressive consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday has grown into an effort to showcase generosity around the world. December 3 will mark the eighth Giving Tuesday in North Texas, which has proven to be the most generous community in the United States, says Angela Lang, vice president of marketing for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, which powers the event in North Texas.
The area earned that recognition in 2017 and kept it in 2018, when participants contributed nearly than $31 million and thousands of volunteer service hours to nearly 500 local nonprofits in a single day — and that was on the heels of North Texas Giving Day, which raised $48 million and more than 430,000 volunteer hours in September. Lang expects this year’s Giving Tuesday to be even bigger than previous years. But it can’t happen without you.
As part of this global day of charitable giving, on December 3, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will host a pop-up crafting event in Irving, at the Sound at Cypress Waters. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants can decorate giant Jenga blocks to benefit a local after-school program. It really can be that simple to give back, Lang says. And if that particular day, a workday following a long holiday weekend, is difficult for you, United Way is encouraging people to pledge their time in 2020. “They can visit our website to fill out a form, and we will contact them with volunteer opportunities,” Lang says. “We will recruit hundreds of volunteers to read to North Texas students for our United Way Reading Day on February 28.
One neat thing about Giving Tuesday is that regardless of your personal interests, there’s an opportunity for you. The hundreds of organizations looking for support include:
- Cuisine for Healing: provides healthy meals to people battling life-threatening diseases.
- Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind: helps create independence for individuals with visual impairments.
- Hope Supply Co.: provides diapers, school supplies, and more to homeless and at-risk children.
- Paws for Reflection Ranch: partners counselors and therapists and ranch animals with special needs children, at-risk youth, veterans, and others for animal therapy.
- Seeds to STEM: conducts engaging science and technology workshops for low- and moderate-income kids in South Dallas.
To learn more and find an organization that needs your help — whether that’s money or time — go to givingtuesdaydfw.com and follow #givingtuesdaydfw on social media.
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