This is a sponsored post. However, my personal experience with GivingForward is all my own and makes it easy to share my thoughts about the importance of Giving Tuesday.
It’s crazy to think how much money has been spent just over Brown Thursday, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday.
If only 10% of the total could go to support true giving; a moment of total selfless acts and gifts that don’t turn into gifts under the tree, but amount to so much more.
Today, Tuesday, December 2, Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to true giving. Giving Tuesday’s goal is to boost humanity rather than the economy. It’s about doing good for the good of others.
Just about a year ago, my son’s wish to Go to Disney World was granted by A Wish with Wings and Give Kids the World. For one week our family was giving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate all that my son, a child with a Congenital Heart Defect, had been through in his short six years. It was a moment we will remember forever and was only possible through the tireless donations and giving of organizations and individuals committed to making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Recently, I felt like I could pay it forward when my best friend’s mother was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. A mother of three children, Cindy had often taken in many “kids” over the year and was always on the bleachers to cheer you on. Knowing that treatments would be expensive and tedious, many of us started our own spirit squad to repay the same favor Cindy had done for us. In efforts to raise money for Cindy, we launched a GiveForward page to raise money for others that wanted to help. GiveForward is the easy, online fundraising platform to help raise money for a loved one in need with the help of
In addition to a one-night fundraiser and our GiveForward page, we’ve raised almost $30,000.
So how can you GiveForward and make a difference? Remember, it doesn’t have to be a big check to make a big impact. On Giving Tuesday give time or money to a cause or person you care about. Buy a trailing customer’s morning coffee to warm and brighten her winter day. Rake your grandparents’ leaves before snow blankets their yard. Contribute cash to a non-profit like A Wish with Wings to celebrate children affected with diseases like CHD.
Acts of true giving take place every day on GiveForward, but Giving Tuesday is a wonderful time to reflect on how both small and large gifts make great impacts. Share your Giving Tuesday moments today by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GiveForward. Or post a #UNselfie with what you’re doing for Giving Tuesday.
Now, go forth and give!