Have you heard of Giving Tuesday? It’s today! I just learned of it a couple of weeks ago. It’s a movement to create a day of giving – the Tuesday after (American) Thanksgiving – serving as a counterpart to the retail extravaganzas of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The hope is for communities to come together and give something back, and then to share their efforts and spread the word.
I felt like a convert upon first hearing. The day provides for me a focal point for doing what I want to do, but sometimes don’t do as much of as I’d like. I was especially enamoured by the 10 year old boy in the video who is asking his friends for a toonie donation to a cause, which he’ll then match.
My foray into lots of ideas comes through books, and I borrowed Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and One Hen by Katie Smith Milway with thoughts of talking about Giving Tuesday with my boys. Both of these books depict rural lives that are changed fundamentally and positively by small loans that purchase livestock for a family. They are lovely books, but somehow missed the mark, and trying to have a conversation about giving with my sons in this particular way felt forced. And like most important conversations, this one needs to feel right, so I let it go. I’ll find another, better way in.
There are so many ways to give, and I hope you’ll join in on Giving Tuesday however works for you!