In the throes of a retail hangover? It's Giving Tuesday

Need to recover after binge shopping through Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Pay it forward with Giving Tuesday.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is marked each year as Giving Tuesday, a national call for people to donate to charity in the wake of the retail frenzy that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

In 2012, the 92nd Street Y, a New York City nonprofit, started a global initiative called #GivingTuesday. As partnership with the United Nations Foundation, the social media-based movement that hopes to shift the holiday spirit from getting to giving, encouraging donations of time and resources and promoting change in communities that need it.

Here’s a look at some of the ways you can participate:

Donate to the charity or organization of your choice.

From the American Cancer Society to your favorite environmental organization or alma mater, no gift is too small on #GivingTuesday.

Help others and yourself. It pays to give back.

Some companies are offering incentives for choosing to give on Giving Tuesday. World of Beertaverns nationwide are participating in a “Can for a Can,” initiative. Bring a canned good to your local World of Beer and get a canned beer on the house.

T-Mobile is taking it’s T-Mobile Tuesday giveaway to another level this week, by giving away $50, $250 or $5,000 to customers, which T-Mobile will then donate to the customer’s local Boys & Girls Clubs, Tech Timesreported

On Tuesday, T-Mobile customers and non-customers alike can send a text to 20222 with the word TUESDAY and make a $5 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs, which T-Mobile will match up to $80 per person.

Heinz Ketchup will donate up to $1.57 per person to Stop Hunger Now when people snap a selfie with a Heinz bottle at participating restaurants. Snap a picture with a Heinz Ketchup bottle and text it to 85548 and Heinz will donate a dollar to the organization. The company will donate an additional 57 cents when people post the photo on social media with #heinzselfieforgood.

From #GivingTuesday to the end of the calendar year, Crown Royal will donate a $1 to Packages From Home for every person that signs up with GoodWorld, a tech startup that facilitates charitable giving on social media.

Short on cash? Give back Nov. 29 by offering your time and volunteering at a local shelter, food bank or school in your community.


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