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How to Make a Difference on Giving Tuesday

Next Tuesday is the perfect day to teach the kids the importance of giving back.


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Want to teach your kids the importance of generosity? The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 28, is known as Giving Tuesday. Since its inception in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday has been a movement that emphasizes philanthropy, and encourages people to think charitably during the holiday season.

Plenty of businesses will be involved, too, by donating money to chosen causes. If you’re looking for a way to give back or to teach the kids the importance of charity, we’ve made a list of things you can do and places you can donate. Take a look below and be sure to check out what’s happening in your area.

Camden County Animal Shelter

The animal shelter is hoping to raise $10,000 to help feed, house and care for animals waiting for adoption.

Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey

Volunteer your time or donate or lend a helping hand to those with disabilities. Call or email to find local volunteer opportunities.


Gift presents to more than 30,000 kids-in-need, including those affected by recent natural disasters. The site has profiles of children, each with his or her own wish list.  

Food Collections

Aside from donating money, give non-perishables to a local food bank. The Community Food Bank will be collecting canned goods to distribute to families around NJ and those affected by recent hurricanes. Bring your food to The Mills at Jersey Gardens in the Upper Level-Center Court.

Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County

There are a few different ways to help—a monetary donation, shopping at the ReStore in Freehold, online shopping with AmazonSmile or GoodShop. Each of these options puts money into HFH’s pockets, which helps the organization build safe, affordable housing for local families in need.

JCC MetroWest

Take an #unselfie, donate to a scholarship program or drop off your books at the children’s book drive. From 3-6 pm, bring your gently used books to Camp Deeny Riback so they can be given to the Valley Settlement House.

New Jersey Audubon

Support local conservation and education efforts by donating to New Jersey Audubon.

NJ Symphony Orchestra

Music lovers can take this opportunity to donate to the state’s symphony orchestra. Donations (up to $5,000) will be matched by generous donors.

Organ Donation

Register to be an organ and tissue donor (it only takes 30 seconds) and share on social media to spread the word.

St. Jude’s Research Hospital

Head to New York City’s Flatiron District for a free, interactive pop up with supermodel Lily Aldridge, former New York Yankee Nick Swisher and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez. The stars will share how they give thanks while you peruse gifts that give back to St. Jude’s mission.

T-Mobile Donation

Those with the T-Mobile Tuesday app can choose to send money to one of four charities: the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of America, Feeding America or Team Rubicon. Those without T-Mobile can tweet #GivingTWOgether and $2 will be split evenly among each of the four charities, up to $100,000.

The United Way of Gloucester County

This nonprofit raises money for local programs that help residents with education, health and financial stability. This year, the goal is to receive 60 new donations.

There are plenty of places to give locally and nationally, including the Camden Children’s Garden, the American Repertory Ballet and Facebook’s partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates (which will donate up to $50,000 per nonprofit and $1,000 per fundraiser).

If there’s a cause that’s near and dear to you, check to see which organizations are actively raising money on Tuesday. Have we missed a cause you’ll be contributing toward? Let us know in the comments and track the movement’s progress with #GivingTuesday on Twitter.

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