"Giving Tuesday" prompts support for area organizations

Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) -- Following last week's day of thanks there were two days for getting deals in the stores and online.

So, a global movement has set out to even the score by designating today, December 2nd, a day to celebrate generosity and the spirit of giving.

It started in 2012 by a New York community center and the United Nations Foundation, “Giving Tuesday” is meant to be a new tradition of generosity.

The idea is to dedicate the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to giving back, whether to a national organization or within your own community.

"It's a day to think about what's important to you in your community, and what you'd like to support," said Outreach Coordinator, Kevin Grady with the Eau Claire Children’s Theater.

Grady says the theater is participating in the event but says it's not just cash donations that make a difference.

“It's the everyday things. It's the stamps it's the gift cards, it's the shop equipment, it's just little things here and there that can really total up to a big difference,” said Grady.

Grady says supporting the theater by coming to shows or donating clothes helps ensure the show will go on.

“We want to give thanks to the community and to support the important programs right here,” says Christina Thrun with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Thrun says they're hoping to surpass the $4,500 raised last year; however she says there are other ways to give as well.

“Maybe your pocketbook is a little tight, but maybe you have an hour a week to spend with a child, having some fun and giving back that way, it's another great way to give as well,” said Thrun.

With 200 volunteers at Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley, Marketing Coordinator Louise Bentley understands the importance of giving time.

“There are over 10,000 people in the Chippewa Valley that don't have a high school diploma and don't have the skills that they need to get a good job and the proper education. Now ,they can get those services provided though literacy volunteers,” says Bentley.

Bentley says the organization hopes to raise $20,000 to go towards sponsoring the literacy programs and other free services offered.

“It's time to not just buy gifts for those we love, but to think about the meaningful places and organizations in our community as well,” said Bentley.

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