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Charities Work to Create a Day of Giving

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are well known celebrations associated with incredible deals at retail and online stores just after the Thanksgiving Holiday. But, a group of charities is trying to add another day to the list, one that is less about buying and more about giving.

The idea of a day of giving has spread around the country and found a home in Tallahassee. This week marks the first Giving Tuesday celebrated nation-wide. Sarah Deeb with the United Way of the Big Bend said the idea fits squarely with group’s mission.

“We have Black Friday after Thanksgiving and then you have Cyber Monday for all of your online deals. We’re trying to create a movement around Giving Tuesday so that you can give to your local charity to help our community be stronger, safer and healthier, which is really the mission of the United Way,” Deeb said.

In addition to the United Way of the Big Bend’s annual fund drive, the organization hopes to collect 5-thousand dollars in donations as a part of Giving Tuesday. The money will go to the charity’s Community Care Fund, which is dispersed to fifty United Way agencies in the community.