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  • There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. But have you hear of #GivingTuesday?

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    #GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season.  “In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday… It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.”

    This year’s #GivingTuesday will take place tomorrow, on December 3rd. If you’re interested in participating this year, the #GivingTuesday website has a list of partners that are registered nonprofits (a 501(c)3 in the United States) with a specific #GivingTuesday initiative. Partners also include a for-profit business, school, religious or community group who have committed to a project that will benefit at least one registered charity or non-profit. A list of #GivingTuesday partners can be found here, and are searchable by state, and type of partner.

    One of #GivingTuesday’s partners is The Friendship Home, in Norwell, MA, just a few miles from Sullivan Tire’s corporate office.  The Friendship Home is “a facility for individuals with developmental disabilities that specifically addressed the need for quality respite care and opportunities for these special individuals to build the necessary work and personal relationships as well as the skills to allow them to lead productive and rewarding lives.”

    For #GivingTuesday, the Friendship Home is collecting donations to help cover the costs associated with overnight respite program. “The program provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to stay with us for up to 14 nights, learning new skills, enjoying a sense of independence and spending time with friends. Their families are able to take advantage of the much needed respite from the daily demands of caring for a loved one with disabilities.”

    Please click here to contribute to the Friendship Home’s #GivingTuesday initiative.  All donations up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation! In order to be eligible for the match, the donations must be received midnight on December 3rd.

    The holidays are a wonderful time to give back to the community, and #GivingTuesday provides great visibility to charities and organizations in need.

    Will you be participating in #GivingTuesday this year? How will you contribute?

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