Move over, Cyber Monday: It’s time for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday offers Americans the opportunity to show that they can give as good as they get.

By John Yeager, World Vision U.S.
Published November 26, 2012 at 12:00am PST

We know the drill. Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday: days on which we give thanks for our blessings and then secure good deals on gifts in anticipation of Christmas.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?

This holiday season, World Vision and more than 750 charities are asking Americans to demonstrate that they can give as good as they get, and take part in Giving Tuesday, a new national movement to practice generosity on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

World Vision provides a variety of options for Americans who are seeking to give.

(Want to see how those gifts help change lives? Follow our True Spirit of Christmas Tour, hosted by American Idol's Kris Allen. Watch the video above to learn more.)

Help with Sandy relief

During the week of November 26, any donation made to World Vision in the areas of food, clothing, or school supplies for children in the United States will be designated for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Our relief teams have been in some of the most vulnerable communities hit by this devastating East Coast storm.

Give a meaningful gift

World Vision’s Gift Catalog offers hundreds of gift options. Goats, fresh water wells, and life-saving medicines can be given in the name of a family member, teacher, co-worker, or child. The gift will help one of more than 825,000 people around the world whose lives are changed by items donated through our Gift Catalog.

Gifts range in price from $16 to $39,000, and there are more than 250 items online to choose from. After purchasing a Gift Catalog item, the person in whose honor the gift was given can receive a special card describing the gift and its impact.

Teach generosity

Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents, and teachers to help children understand the importance of generosity and giving to others. World Vision’s Gift Catalog can be a helpful educational tool.

The Pendleton family of Colorado adopted their son from Kazakhstan. When he saw the Mongolian Ger in the catalog, he immediately wanted to buy one for people in his homeland.

“I didn’t know how to explain to a 10-year-old that $1,862 is a lot of money, so I didn’t,” said his mom, Amy. “And sure enough, he raised it all!”

Three ways you can help

Thank God for the blessings in your life. Pray for those in need, both here in the United States and around the world.

Give a meaningful gift today. Make a donation to help provide food, clothing, or school supplies for Superstorm Sandy survivors, or choose another Christmas gift of special significance from the World Vision Gift Catalog.

Follow our True Spirit of Christmas Tour. American Idol winner Kris Allen travels to Kenya with World Vision to see how the gifts you give are changing lives for the better.

Highlights

  • World Vision and more than 750 charities are asking Americans to take part in Giving Tuesday, a national movement to practice generosity on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving
  • Generous donors can choose to give toward Hurricane Sandy relief or choose a meaningful gift from our Gift Catalog.

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