Full bellies on Thanksgiving are often followed by shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but today is the kick off that reminds people to give as much as they get.
Giving Tuesday is a global campaign that promotes the season of charitable giving.
Last year, more than 300 million dollars was raised in the U.S. on Giving Tuesday.
Locally, The Souris Valley United Way is about 40% to its goal for the 2018 campaign.
Giving Tuesday and the days to follow are crucial to hit their target amount of $675,000.
“Giving Tuesday is really just a good reminder for everybody that it’s that time of the year,” Executive Director of the Souris Valley United Way, Rich Berg said.
It’s that time of year .. time to give thanks .. give gifts .. but also, to give back.
“People get in that giving spirit, they kind of reflect on the things they have in their life,” Berg said, “and they’re also pretty aware of other things in the community they would like to make better, so they reach out and give.”
Scheel’s is a big supporter of the Souris Valley United Way, hosting events or projects that will benefit the United Way’s partner organizations.
Those include the Salvation Army, YWCA, the homeless coalition, backpack buddies and about 15 more.
“They’re the safety net for the community or the silver lining. Whatever it may be, they put themselves in a position to help everyone in the community,” Luke Havig, assistant store leader at Scheels in Minot said.
But the company encourages employees to give back, too.
“Personally, I have been on the receiving end, said Havig. “Whether it was during the flood with the Salvation Army, they went around and gave food to everyone. That was very important to me so I got a chance to donate specifically to them.”
Havig’s kids are also recipients of the United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
During a time where money is spent on material items, Havig said giving back is as good as getting gifts.
He said, “Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, the holidays, all of it, it’s an emotional time for everyone. Whether it’s the excitement of shopping on Black Friday morning to the not so fun times for some people during the holidays .. so as much as we like to think about ourselves, giving is the most important thing. It creates a ripple affect.”
Another example of Giving Tuesday’s impact is the more than $23,000 donated to the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way last year, on this day alone.
That United Way chapter is also about 40% towards their goal of 2.7 million dollars to give out to partners and its homeless shelter .. they’re also relying heavily on the coming weeks.
And don’t forget, there’s plenty of ways to give to your community.
Give blood, give your time, give a hug.