#GivingTuesday offers ‘global day of giving’ to kick off holiday season

Giving Tuesday is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year.

Giving Tuesday is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year.

Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, one organization has added an extra day in an effort to help citizens connect with local charities and events to give back in the community.

Started in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street YMCA, #GivingTuesday has turned into a national effort connecting with more than 30,000 organizations worldwide. The premise revolves around using social media to share “our capacity to care for and empower one another,” according to the organization’s website.

#GivingTuesday offers a variety of opportunities throughout the Houston area, listing more than 420 nonprofits and small businesses in the region that are participating. Last year, over 700,000 people participated in the initiative, which raised nearly $120 million in more than 70 countries, the website said.

The organization’s website suggests a number of different ways to get involved, including raising funs, volunteers and collaborating with local organizations—all while sharing the experience on social media pages, using the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Many nonprofits and small businesses will be participating Tuesday in the south Houston area. Here are several options in the Community Impact markets:

Katy
The 25 Group
1251 Pin Oak Road, Stes. 131-212, Katy
www.the25group.org

Christ Clinic
25722 Kingsland Blvd., Ste. 101, Katy
281-391-0190
www.christclinickaty.org

Caring4Katy
P.O. Box 60, Katy
www.caring4katy.com

 

Pearland/Friendswood
Shadycrest Baptist Church
3017 Yost Blvd., Pearland
281-485-1481
www.shadycrest.org

O.P.T. Youth
P.O. Box 842051, Pearland
888-471-2553
www.optyouth.org

Texas LODD Task Force
P.O. Box 925, Friendswood
832-757-1499
www.texasloddtaskforce.com

 

Richmond
Fort Bend Women’s Center
P.O. Box 183, Richmond
281-344-5750
www.fbwc.org

Tourette Association – Texas Chapter
P.O. Box 147, Richmond
281-238-8096
www.tourettetexas.org

Zwan Family Charity
1903 Mayweather Lane, Richmond
832-875-7888
www.zwanfamilycharity.org

 

Sugar Land/Missouri City
Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center
198 Kempner St., Sugar Land
832-742-2800
www.childrensdiscoveryfb.org

Fort Bend Cares
P.O. Box 17748, Sugar Land
832-819-2005
www.fortbendcares.org

Another Animal Saved
713-469-0709
www.anotheranimalsaved.org