Giving Tuesday is here again! What a wonderful way to show support within our community especially during these most challenging of times. Below is a list of retailers supporting #GivingTuesday as well as ways to support your local community!
Ways to Support the Community:
Show Gratitude to Essential Workers
Send a gift card for food to your local fire, police and EMS.
Write thank you notes and send care baskets to your local medical center or hospital.
Tip your delivery drivers!
Leave out baskets with water, snacks, sanitizer for delivery personnel, postal workers and sanitation crews!
Stay home if you can and wear your mask when you’re out and about!
Random Acts of Kindness
Pay for the next person’s order in the drive-thru or behind you in line!
Leave a gift card at the gas pump!
Tuck a grocery store gift card and note in a shopping basket at the market!
Donate to pay utility bills for seniors or those struggling to make payments this time of year.
Make cards and mail to your local nursing home or long-term care center; many facilities could close down again with rises in cases and these individuals would be without contact with family or friends through the holidays! Write letters through Love for our Elders. See what (if any) donations will be accepted by these facilities!
Create a donation station in your community! Either a leave one, take one for books or a non-perishable food station!
Outreach your local food pantry and donate non-perishable items.
Develop a community lunch program through a local shelter or food pantry to distribute pre-packaged lunches.
Outreach your local shelter to see if they’re accepting food donations at this time or if they have an Amazon wishlist (most do!)
Contact your local school district to see if they’re offering a lunch program for students with food insecurity! If not, see if you can coordinate this effort!
There are many community initiatives happening right now to raise funding, awareness and non-perishables – explore what’s happening in your community! Many grocery stores also offer the ability to purchase non-perishables for donation!
Contact your local school district to see what donations they’re accepting – school supplies, gift cards, backpacks, etc.
Coordinate a holiday backpack drive or donate to a local organization who has begun this initiative!
Send school supplies through a teacher’s wishlist!
Donate webcams or headsets/headphones for local school districts!
Outreach your local shelter to see if they are accepting donations. The most needed items in shelters are socks and underwear. Personal care items are also essential! As many places may say they are not accepting donations at this time inquire about Amazon wish lists and how to access!
This time of year historically has provided winter coats or holiday essentials to vulnerable families, outreach your local school systems, hospitals, foster care/adoption agencies to see what you can offer and what initiatives they are providing at this time. Many children who are not in school full-time right now are not receiving the supports they would previously.
Retailers Supporting Giving Tuesday:
100% Human for 100% Human Rights: This initiative was launched as a way to bring people together amid the civil divisions in our country and advocate for the human rights of all. For every 100% Human product sold, 10% of proceeds are donated to the ACLU – however in honor of Giving Tuesday this will be doubled TODAY ONLY (20% off proceeds)!
To date, Everlane has donated $1 million!
$1 for every pair of shoes sold (up to $5,000) will be donated to STILL I RUN’s Starting Line Scholarship! STILL I RUN is a running community that rallies around taking control of mental health with a goal of creating a community of solidarity for those living with a mental health condition, combating the stigma around mental health and inspiring others to run as a support for their mental health. The Starting Line Scholarship is designed to support mental health challenges that pose as barriers to running. The scholarship helps to provide proper running shoes, running gear, check-ins with a running coach, entry into a 5K/10K and training plans!
Donating $5 from every purchase to Team Hunger through Families Forward. Families Forward is a larger organization that supports families in need through housing, food, counseling, education and other supportive services with a goal of ending homelessness for local families. Gorjana is directly supporting the initiative to combat food insecurity today.
When you purchase a gift pack, the brand is donating a gift bag to someone in need! Their goal is to donate 4,000 gift bags that hold PPE, socks, t-shirts, gift cards and other basic necessities. These will benefit the Boys & Girls Club Metro LA, The Midnight Mission and the South LA Cafe.
CLN&DRTY has partnered with Come Unity Now to support a $10,000 fundraising goal to support development of sustainable solutions to poverty in East African communities! Check out the auction online today!
H&M has partnered with Billy Porter to support The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project provides free and confidential crisis counseling to LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. H&M is matching all donations up to $250,000. Check out the link with more information as to the essential nature of these services in our community!