At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: Alleged sex trafficker Ludwig Fainberg explains, “You can buy a woman for $10,000 and make your money back in a week if she is pretty and young. Then everything else is profit.” (information was found here).
Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom. Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!
I thought about rounding up some Cyber Monday deals for Monday Saving Monday but then I thought I would try something a little bit different. Odds are, if you’re interested in Cyber Monday deals you already picked out the ones that peak your interest. I’ve decided to share something that isn’t on quite as many people’s radar- Giving Tuesday!
Giving Tuesday started in 2012 as a day to give back. As a country we go from being extremely thankful to trampling people to get a 60″ flatscreen TV in not even 24 hours. Although Massachusetts has blue laws that prevent a lot of retail stores from being open on Thanksgiving, retail workers in other states are not so lucky. In what seems like a competition to be the first open on Black Friday, many stores now open on Thanksgiving.
2005 brought Cyber Monday. Another day, a little less dangerous, where people are solely focused on snagging the best items for the best price. Many people do not even need what they are buying, they just feel like they need to participate in the bargain hunting.
As a result, Giving Tuesday was created as a way to get back into the holiday spirit. You do not even have to spend money to participate, you can donate your time!
This will be my third year helping out at my college’s Giving Tuesday. Every year the Rachel’s Challenge group pairs with a leadership conference to host a clothing and food drive. Every year I have donated clothes as well as helping at the booth or collecting donations from the residence halls.
So I shared my way of getting involved on Giving Tuesday and here are 5 suggestions for you to get involved in Giving Tuesday…
- Donate to my Dressember campaign! Dressember uses the funds they raise to write grants to two organizations called International Justice Mission and A21 to help them in the fight against human trafficking. Just $200 will help provide a woman who has just gotten out of trafficking with meals, counseling, vocational training, and any legal needs.You do not have to give a ton but it would mean the world to me if you donated to my page!
2. Do a closet clean out! This does not require you to spend anything! If you bought three articles of clothing for yourself try finding three articles of clothing that you do not wear and donate them to charity.
3. Spend time at an animal shelter! This is such a popular volunteering option and it seems like they’re always in need of people to help. It isn’t just office work many shelters need help with you can help feed kittens, clean cages, and walk dogs. Here’s the story of a cross country team that takes shelter dogs on a run every morning!
4. Donate blood! In high school I used to help coordinate blood drives and giving blood has been very important to me ever since. While the Red Cross is an awesome place to give blood you can also give to local hospitals. Personally I’ve given to the Red Cross, Boston Children’s Bloodmobile, and Baystate Hospital’s Bloodmobile!
5. Make compliment cards! This is another thing I have done with the Rachel’s Challenge group at school. Just like the Kindness Rocks, you take fun paper, write compliments on them, and pass them out. You can leave them in a place where someone will find it or you can pass them out to friends! My suggestion is to avoid physical compliments like “You’re pretty” and try to focus more on their personality with compliments like: “I am a better person because I met you”, “You never fail to make me smile”, or “You light up the room”.
I hope you enjoyed these Giving Tuesday tips and I hope you try to incorporate some of them into your Tuesday!