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Giving Tuesday – a day to make a difference

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Posted at 6:44 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 08:58:58-05

OMAHA — SHARE Omaha is the local force behind Giving Tuesday, a global day of doing good. Individuals, businesses and groups from across the metro area are stepping up to provide much needed financial assistance for local nonprofits, fulfill the wish lists of organizations, and volunteering to make a difference.

Monday night and Tuesday, businesses are lighting their buildings, the pedestrian bridge and other landmarks in purple to remind the community that we need to harness the power of all to lift up those in need.

  • Business are collecting food, wish list items and money.
  • People are discovering safe ways to volunteer for a charity they are passionate about.
  • Community supporters are responding to the call to be generous. Individual donations are up five times over November 2019.
  • Grassroots efforts are bubbling up with individuals taking it upon themselves to encourage their friends to get into the giving spirit. Some are doing Facebook challenges, others passing on acts of kindness in their favorite coffee drive-thru, the ideas are unlimited.
  • Large or small, every financial donation to a non-profit counts and the cumulative magnitude will make a difference for many in our community.
  • Community members are discovering causes on shareomaha.org and paying it forward.
  • Mayor Stothert of Omaha and Mayor Walsh of Council Bluffs have issued Proclamations declaring it Giving Tuesday in their communities.

According to SHARE Omaha, it's possible to give a donation, volunteer or do acts of kindness anytime and make Giving Tuesday a remarkable community day. There’s no minimum dollar amount for donations.

One way for people to give back on Giving Tuesday is by donating toys for area children. 3 News Now anchor Serese Cole visited Jensen Tire & Auto, KMTV's sponsor for the Angel Tree Toy Drive.

Giving Tuesday begins