Giving Tuesday comes to the Chippewa Valley

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - You've probably heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. They are three of the biggest days for retailers across the country, but Tuesday non-profit organizations are hoping you'll be in the giving spirit.

It’s called Giving Tuesday and if you haven't heard of it you're not alone. It started last year in New York City as a day to kick off the holiday season of giving. Now the day is spreading to our area starting Tuesday.

“The entire concept behind Giving Tuesday is to be a counter balance to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. To have one day after that where people can really start to get in the spirit of the holiday not the buying trends but the trends to be good to one another.” James Peters with the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley explained.

Peters says not many people know about Giving Tuesday, but awareness is spreading.

“If you’re not sure how to give back, be creative. Look through your household items, take a walk around your neighborhood. Meet your neighbors and ask them if they have spare items that you can give to a local shelter,” Peters explained.

UW-Eau Claire Sophomore Shannen Wisniewski says she’s never heard of Giving Tuesday, but after Black Friday and Cyber Monday it’s a nice change of pace.

“I think it's a great idea. I think a lot of people are going to be in a giving spirit and they are going to think they got all of these things at a good deal for my family on Black Friday now let’s give something for someone else,” Wisniewski said.

Last year more than 2,500 organizations took part in Giving Tuesday. If you'd like to get some ideas on how you can give back we have a link to the Giving Tuesday website under Related Links.

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