If you haven’t already spent all your money this past weekend during all the major sales in stores and online, perhaps you may want to consider supporting a local nonprofit organization in light of a different kind of shopping holiday.
Following two of the biggest days of the year for consumers, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes a whole day dedicated to giving back.
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 based on the simple objective to encourage people to do good. One way that Gulf Coast residents can participate in Giving Tuesday is by donating their voice, goods, time, or money to local nonprofit organizations like the Humane Society of South Mississippi and the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence.
“Whenever you give within your local community you get to see really the effects and you know that you’re helping people right there in your own neighborhood.”
This year, the day created to celebrate generosity comes amidst a global pandemic and a time of struggle for many, including the local organizations that are always there to lend assistance to community members in need. HSSM Development Director Katie King said, “It’s been a really tough year for everyone around the world. I know that we have had to cancel several of our largest fundraising events or postpone them. So, any extra opportunity in order to raise funds for these shelter pets is greatly needed.”
GCCFN Communications Manager Rene Davis said, “There are so many people that have faced challenges this year. People are asking for help or need help that have never needed it before. So, we have a bigger need this year probably than we have in a very long time.”
GCCFN plans to use donations to continue serving families impacted by domestic violence, including their ‘Adopt a Family’ program for Christmas. HSSM hopes to use donations to enhance their pet retention program where they help provide resources to those struggling with caring for their pets. “This year especially, we’ve seen people struggling financially and we’ve seen a lot of abandoned pets left in boxes at our front doors or tied to trees or tossed over fences,” said King.
Davis said, “By giving local and giving to those in need, shopping local, we’re able to make sure that your dollars that you donate go to help the people living right there in our shared community.”
To donate to either of those organizations and #GiveWhereYouLive go to @MyHSSM or @GCCFN on Facebook and donate. All monetary donations made on Tuesday, December 1st will be matched by Facebook.