During the upcoming holiday season, we celebrate many different variations on the tradition of giving. We come together with friends and family to give thanks for all the good things we have. We give each other gifts. Retailers give us not one, but two whole days of deals to help us afford those items that we will in turn give to others. But many times we inadvertently limit the scope of our giving to the people around us—our immediate family members and our closest friends. It can be easy to forget in the midst of all of our holiday giving that there are those elsewhere in need who have very little and will receive even less.
Giving Tuesday was founded by the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation with the goal of creating a 24-hour day completely dedicated to giving back. Taking a cue from annual shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is held every year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and encourages individuals, families, communities and organizations around the world to do whatever they can in service of others. Though there are no set guidelines for Giving Tuesday, the event has attracted the participation of over 10,000 organizations worldwide since its inception in 2012, and has inspired the philanthropic efforts of countless volunteers.
At HelpHOPELive, our mission has always revolved around helping patients and families in need, which is why we are proud to be a part of Giving Tuesday again this year. On Tuesday, December 2, we will be offering a special discount on all donations made through our website by covering the credit card processing fee (3%) for each gift. This discount will be applied to general donations as well as charitable contributions made directly to individual patient campaigns.
With our Giving Tuesday discount, your donations will go even further toward helping those whose lives have been affected by a medical crisis such as a catastrophic injury, unforeseen illness or an unexpected organ transplant. Even with insurance, our clients still face many out-of-pocket expenses that can be both financially and mentally overwhelming. With the support that HelpHOPELive receives, we can better serve these individuals by developing fundraising opportunities that engage local communities and encourage them to give back to their neighbors in need.
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, we hope you will join us in giving back. To learn more about how our upcoming discount works, visit the Giving Tuesday page on our website. And to stay updated on the latest Giving Tuesday news, follow @GivingTues on Twitter and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to join in the conversation. The holiday season is truly the greatest time for giving. This year, let’s take a moment on Giving Tuesday to share our gifts with those who need it most.