By: Bill Schammert
Black Friday has come and gone. Cyber Monday is just about over. But today starts a new tradition, Giving Tuesday.
"Giving Tuesday provides a way to not only think about giving, but giving back," Vice President of the Tabitha Foundation, Heath Stukenholtz said.
For Tabitha, the mission is simple, compassionate care for the elderly. One of the most popular programs is Meals-on-Wheels, serving more than 420 meals everyday.
Seventy-percent of those receiving the meals can't afford the $5.50, so they rely heavily on donations.
"We serve an overwhelming amount of people that don't have the financial resources to pay for the services they need," Stukenholtz said.
But Giving Tuesday isn't just for those non-profits that need monetary donations, organizations like the Goodwill are participating as well.
"If it wasn't for our donations, then we wouldn't be able to operate the programs in the community that we do," Goodwill Communications Specialist, Amanda Herndon said.
From clothing, to dishes, to furniture, to more clothing, The Goodwill is hoping the donations pile in.
"People get caught up in shopping and buying and getting a great deal," Herndon said. "But we need to remember those that don't have as much as ourselves."
And the hope is, like Black Friday, this day becomes a staple during the holiday season.
"We're hoping that Giving Tuesday picks up the same tradition and happens year after year," Herndon said.
Nationwide, there are more than 2,000 organizations participating, representing all 50 states.