While retail stores bombard media outlets with ads for consumerism's most sacred holiday, Black Friday, charities in Destin and around the country are promoting a very different special day.
Giving Tuesday, created in part by the 92nd Street Y in 2012, is a nationwide campaign to promote generosity toward others on Dec. 3. This year, several local charities have joined together to spread the word throughout the Florida Panhandle.
"We wanted to partner and not only talk about what we are doing in our clubs, but really just let the community know that all the non-profits want to come together and be able to benefit each and every one of our missions, because they are so important," said Jessica Davis, vice president of development and marketing for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. "We are not competing against each other. We are trying to help our community, and especially the youth of our community."
With 16 participating charities, and numerous other non-profits in Destin, there is no shortage of opportunities to participate in Giving Tuesday. People can even reach numerous local charities through Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, a non-profit that raises money for other groups.
"Giving Tuesday is a great way to build awareness in our community," DCWAF director of events and marketing Lauren Magli told The Log. "We are blessed with so many non-profits in this area."
Local participants include Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF.org), The Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast (bgcec.com), Children's Advocacy Center, Children's Volunteer Health Network (cvhnkids.org), Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (culturalartsalliance.com), Emerald Coast Autism Center (ecautismcenter.org), Food For Thought Outreach (foodforthoughtfl.org), Habitat for Humanity of Walton County (waltoncountyhabitat.org), Horizons (horizonsfwb.com), Family Life Ministries (familylife-sozo.org), Judge Ben Gordon Visitation Center (familyvisitationcenters.org), Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (mattiekellyartsfoundation.org), Mental Health Association (mhaow.org), Opportunity Place (okaloosawaltonhomeless.org), Shelter House (shelterhousenwfl.org), Taylor Haugen Foundation (taylorhaugen.org), White-Wilson (white-wilson.com) and Youth Village (nelliesyouthvillage.org)
For a full list of charities participating in Giving Tuesday, to donate or to learn how to get involved in the day's events, visit GivingTuesdayNWF.org