Give on #GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving is a day to spend with family, give thanks, and eat too much turkey. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about getting the best deal for your buck. The following Tuesday, December 2, aka #GivingTuesday, may not have pumpkin pie or a free DVD but it will put you in the giving mood. And isn't that what the holiday season is really all about?

The global day of giving was founded in 2012 by New York's 92nd Street Y, a cultural, educational, and community center that serves people of all ages, races, faiths, and backgrounds, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. #GivingTuesday was inspired by the core Jewish value of tikkun olam, which means, "repairing the world."

The team of influencers and founding partners, which includes CEOs and company presidents among others, has launched a movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

“On the cusp of this gift-giving season, #GivingTuesday is such a refreshing reminder that the best gifts we give are those which cannot be repaid,” said Bob Alexander, Angela Hospice’s business development manager.

#GivingTuesday brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, businesses, and individuals - to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. The day also uses the power of social media (note the hashtag) to create a global movement around the holidays that is dedicated to giving around the world.

There are a variety of ways to give. Give a boost to a friend in need or give a hand to someone you love. Give your time. Give some money to your favorite charity. Write a wonderful review about the work one of the #GivingTuesday organizations is doing. It doesn't matter how you give on #GivingTuesday, the important part is that you just do.

You can also take an #UNselfie. You get to take a picture of yourself but this time it's for a good cause. Win-win, right?

Just download and print our #UNselfie flyer, fill it out, and then take an #UNselfie. After you're done upload it to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Then be sure to tag Angela Hospice and use the hashtags, #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday. Let us know why you are supporting Angela Hospice on #GivingTuesday. Turn it into a group activity at your holiday events by having your friends and family take pictures of each other. Upload them inbetween bites of pie. Inspire everyone to participate in #GivingTuesday.

“At Angela Hospice, we hope the #GivingTuesday movement will inspire people to take action to improve their local communities, give back to the charities and causes they celebrate, and help create a better world,” said Lisa Norton, Angela Hospice’s public relations coordinator.

Another way to help out the #GivingTuesday movement, and Angela Hospice, would be by donating to this year's Tree of Life event, which will take place through Christmas Eve at Laurel Park Place and Westland Mall. The event, which has been held annually since 1986, offers guests a unique way of honoring their loved ones, both living and deceased, in the form of an angel ornament bearing their name.

“Walking past these glorious trees each year, it is hard not to be deeply touched by the ornamental beauty of the decorations,” Alexander said. “But it’s the enduring love of those who thought to place the ornaments inscribed with names or people who have been so dearly remembered and cherished that truly shines.”

To participate in this holiday tradition, please fill out a form online at askforangela.com or visit a Tree of Life during mall hours to personally hang your ornaments. There is no specific donation amount required.

Learn more at givingtuesday.org, or visit askforangela.com. For more information, or to fill out an angel form by phone, contact the Development Office at (734) 464-7810.

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