Christine Connolly Bell
World Vision Media Relations (LA)
Seattle, WA (November 12, 2012) — Giving Tuesday began with a simple thought: we designate Thanksgiving as a day for gratitude and Black Friday and Cyber Monday as two days for getting deals. Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back? As a Giving Tuesday partner, World Vision, is challenging Americans to take part in this new national movement on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving by showing they can give as good as they get.
To help those affected by Superstorm Sandy during the week of November 26, any gift of food, clothing or school supplies for children in the U.S. given through World Vision’s Gift Catalog (www.worldvisiongifts.org) will be designated for the Christian humanitarian agency’s Sandy relief efforts. World Vision relief teams have been distributing much-needed supplies in some of the most vulnerable communities hit by this devastating storm on the East Coast.
“Giving Tuesday is intended to open the holiday season on a philanthropic note and put heart back into the holidays.” says Sarah Renusch, World Vision’s Gift Catalog Director. “World Vision is encouraging Americans to dedicate this day to getting back to the true meaning of the holidays. It is about community not commercialism, giving not receiving.”
There are many ways to participate in Giving Tuesday:
“Americans have a glorious tradition of philanthropy,” says Renusch. “It’s my hope Giving Tuesday will become a new, sustainable American tradition that we will celebrate every year.”
To learn more about World Vision’s Gift Catalog visit www.WorldVisionGifts.org or call (888) 511-6511. This year marks the 17th annual edition of the catalog. Since 1996 the catalog’s popularity as a gift-giving alternative has grown with more than 160,000 purchases last year raising over $33 million that helped more than 825,000 people around the world.
World Vision is one of over 750 organizations taking part in Giving Tuesday to find out more go to www.givingtuesday.org.
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