Giving Tuesday – a new holiday tradition (for some)

Black Friday is over, right? Cyber Monday come and gone? Your email inbox is probably full of great promises of savings and deals that will never happen again. Like most of you I received an abundance of these emails this past week, and yes I was tempted. I may have indulged a little bit. But while the holidays have always meant gifts to and from friends and family, they have also meant charitable giving.

Giving Tuesday, as an official day, started 7 years ago in Canada. It’s about giving and volunteering for local charities and non-profits, and harnessing the potential of social media .

This Giving Tuesday, consider a few local groups in New West to give your time and funds to. The New West community is an incredibly generous one. On Saturday afternoon I volunteered by time with community members at Strong Side New West for their inaugural ‘Lift with Purpose’ deadlift fundraiser for the Purpose Society.

It doesn’t need to a huge effort. It can be as simple as coming out on December 15th to the Santa Parade (part of New West Winterfest) and bringing a few non-perishable food items (or some loonies from your change jar) for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Giving. Or it’s supporting a local organization like Fraserside Community Services Society and purchasing a holiday poinsettia from them.

Fraserside Community Services Mobile Work Crew are ready to delivery flowers and chocolates this holiday season.

Giving in your community can be as big or as small as you want. It will vary year to year depending on the situation. As Anne Giardini, Chancellor of Simon Fraser University, wrote in this morning’s Province, “Give, and scatter your tiny diamonds in the cosmic sands.”