Northwest Iowa — Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are for getting deals. In recent years a global day has been dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday is this Tuesday, November 30th, a time when charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Giving Tuesday officials say that GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past ten years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
In northwest Iowa, many nonprofit organizations would love to accept a #GivingTuesday donation from you.
One of the health systems serving the area is spearheading an effort to help youth, adults, and families dealing with mental illness for this #GivingTuesday. Learn more about the Light the Way Campaign and GivingTuesday at www.Averafoundation.org/
The Sheldon United Fund Drive continues as well. You can give to any or all of the 23 organizations by dropping off donations at Citizen’s State Bank, Iowa State Bank, Northwestern Bank, or Peoples Bank, all in Sheldon. Or you can mail your contribution to P.O. Box 41, Sheldon, Iowa 51201.
Hope Haven, based in Rock Valley has also let us know that they will be participating in GivingTuesday and they say they need your help. By joining the #Giving Tuesday movement, Hope Haven officials say you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together.
Many other organizations from Love, INC to Village Northwest Unlimited, to ATLAS, to Upper Des Moines or Mid-Sioux Opportunity, to area churches and schools would all appreciate your generosity as well.
The #GivingTuesday folks tell us that people can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesday—whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. They tell us that at a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. They say generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on.