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Give Back this Holiday Season on Giving Tuesday

Impact Thrift and Save Kids Castle are among the Bucks County nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.

Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season?

A partnership of nonprofits hopes so.

For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week.

Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet—Giving Tuesday.

The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations."

Many Pennsylvania-based nonprofitsare among those using their websites and social media networks to kick off the inaugural effort. Some of the participating nonprofits include Impact Thrift Stores (which has a location in Feasterville-Trevose), Save Kids Castle (the wood castle is located in nearby Doylestown) and many more throughout the Philadelphia-area and the state.

The effort includes the Twitter hashtag #GivingTuesday, designed to help spread the word.

What do you think? Can a social media push get people giving more of their money and time to charities during the holiday season?

Dawn Byers November 30, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Save Kids Castle raised over $10,000 with Giving Tuesday and we are still going strong with more donations rolling in each day. I think it is a great concept to give during the holiday season!! Thank you to everyone who participated! www.savekidscastle.org


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