Giving Tuesday is a day set to benefit the community.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have come and gone. Now comes, perhaps one of the most important — and unselfish days — of all: Giving Tuesday.

Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people take the time to kick off the holiday season by giving back to their community. Whether it is donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering, Giving Tuesday is a day set to benefit the community. This year in particular, the need is significant.

Food prices are soaring and gas prices are skyrocketing.

What you give doesn’t have to be expensive. For some, a can of soup is a feast. For others, your gift of time is priceless.

Following are some Giving Tuesday suggestions:

Donate to your favorite charity
With an abundance of causes to support, there are many options for people to donate to charity. You can mail in a check, drop off some money, or even click ‘Donate’ from the comfort of your desk. Hope Palm Desert is seeking 350 “Angels of Hope” to bless a child from five local elementary schools.

We sometimes forget that one helpful way of giving back is by volunteering. Contact a local hospital, shelter, or nonprofit ahead of time and see how you can help. Martha’s Village & Kitchen is often in need of volunteers.

Donate clothes/shoes
That sweater you swore you would wear this fall (which never saw the light of day), can be of use to someone in need. Go through your closet and donate any articles of clothing you know you’re not going to wear again (or ever).

An astonishing $2.47 billion was donated to U.S. nonprofits by a reported 34.8 million people on Giving Tuesday in 2020.

Whether you admit it or not, the holiday season can get the best of us. Especially when our main stressor is what gift to get that certain family member. If we splurge on materialist goods, giving back to a charitable cause takes some of that guilt away.

By volunteering at a local community center or donating money to our favorite organization, we’re able to help those in need. You can provide a warm meal at the local soup kitchen or even clean drinking water by donating $5.

Anyone can participate. You don’t have to be rich to participate in Giving Tuesday, every small act counts. Donating $1 can make a huge impact on any cause.

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