After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday. It’s day that shines a light on our community’s non-profits and the amazing work they do for pennies on the dollar.
The #GivingTuesday campaign seeks donations at the beginning of the holiday gift-buying season. The colder months bring greater needs for food, clothing, and shelter for those in desperate need.
But it’s not just about giving money.
Clara sat behind the old wooden desk in the women’s shelter. She’d taken the bus and walked five blocks to do her six hour volunteer shift.
At 71, she had time, but not extra money to offer a cause that is close to her heart. Long ago she’d been like the women who occupied the cots in the adjacent room. Without money and hope, she’d done almost anything to pull herself out of poverty for her kid’s sake.
Knowing those desperate feelings, Clara was able to look into the eyes of these women and offer true support. There was no place she’d rather offer her help—because it came from a place that knew what these women needed. Clara gave love, and there’s no price tag on that.
So, on #GivingTuesday, giving money is good. But giving time can be a difference-maker to those who need it most.