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Giving Tuesday: A Chance to Give Back During the Holiday Season

ART Station in Stone Mountain City is among the nonprofits participating in the inaugural effort encouraging people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.

Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season?

This partnership of nonprofits hopes so.

For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week.

Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet - Giving Tuesday.

The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations."

Several Atlanta-based nonprofits are among those using their websites and social media networks to kick off the inaugural effort, including ART Station in the city of Stone Mountain.

They also include larger organizations such as CAREHabitat for Humanity International and the American Cancer Society as well as smaller charities such as Project GRAD Atlanta, STAR House Foundation and Fugees Family.

The effort includes the Twitter hashtag #GivingTuesday, designed to help spread the word.

What do you think? Can a social media push get people giving more of their money and time to charities during the holiday season?


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