By Kyle Patterson
After the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and more fad away you have an opportunity to give back this holiday season through a number of avenues, but one that has gained significant attention and endorsements from the likes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a relatively new movement to put giving back in the Christmas season. We all know Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now we have Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for you to support your favorite charity. Read more about the movement here.
There are a couple reasons you should be involved in #GivingTuesday.
1) It gets your attention onto the needs of others. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the turkey and shopping for friends and family, but the fact is most Americans have more than many could imagine. I just read that Americans spend more energy cooking their Turkey than the average Tanzanian does all year long. That is a perspective renewal.
2) America is the most generous nation on earth and GivingTuesday gives us an opportunity to highlight and celebrate this fact. The Huffington Post reported,
"The point to leave with American leaders is the world really needs America; it needs its generosity, its resource and spirit, and though times are really hard, this is the time we need to keep giving as much as we possibly can," Richard Harrison, director of research at the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation told The NonProfit Times.
3) It has become a movement. And while following the trends of the world is obviously not always in the best interest of anyone, this is one trend or band wagon to get on board with..
Kyle Patterson is Managing Editor of Thrive and founder of Prayer Collective, Inc. a movement of prayer and missions to bring about cultural change.