GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Black Friday and Cyber Monday are synonymous with the holiday season. A growing movement wants to make sure charitable giving has a day just as big.
Nov. 29 is #GivingTuesday. This is the fifth year it’s been recognized as a day to kick off the charitable giving season.
Many local organizations are taking part in the day.
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital serve all people regardless of the ability to pay.
The director of the hospital foundation says support from the community is critical, and monetary donations help in many ways.
“It could buy a craft item for a child who could have an activity on Christmas day. It could buy a wig for a woman who is losing her hair because of cancer treatment. It might buy a family a meal pass so that they can have a meal together in the cafeteria while they’re waiting the decision of a procedure,” says Bobbi Giles, director of the Foundation for HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s Hospitals.
Golden House, a domestic abuse shelter in Green Bay, is another local organization that depends on the generosity of the community.
The shelter is in need of new and gently used items–everything form kitchen supplies to basic hygiene products.
“When someone is leaving an abusive relationship, they really only have time to grab the absolute vitals…important documents, ID, that kind of thing. A lot of those other things, like shampoo, they don’t have time, they don’t have space to carry it,” says Koren Petersen, communications and development coordinator, Golden House.
This year, staff are organizing a volunteer day for Giving Tuesday. Volunteers are needed to do everything from preparing frozen meals to putting up Christmas decorations.
Sign up for the Golden House volunteer event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944aba628a6f49-giving
Donate to HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Foundation: https://svg.thankyou4caring.org/pages/giving-tuesday
Learn more about Giving Tuesday: https://www.givingtuesday.org/about