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Giving Tuesday: 10 Ways to Let the Cleansing Begin


We overeat on Thanksgiving Thursday. We overspend on Black Friday. We overspend some more on Cyber Monday.

Following a week of excess consumption, the recently established Giving Tuesday is like a warm shower the morning after sleeping in an outhouse. I highly encourage everyone to embrace this unique and much needed trend of #unselfie-ness.

Here are ten ways you can jump on this bandwagon of benevolence. Feel free to tweet the ways you can help:

  1. Buy groceries for a struggling single mother.
  2. Visit a hospital and pray with the sick and the dying.
  3. Spend time with the elderly living at a local care center.
  4. Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
  5. Teach ESL classes for refugees in your community.
  6. Sponsor a child.
  7. Donate money to aid victims of disaster.
  8. Tutor underprivileged youth.
  9. Give restaurant or grocery store gift cards to people living on the street.
  10. Write a letter to a prisoner.

The writer of Proverbs says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it” (Prov. 3:27). We can’t do it all, but we can all do something, today and everyday.

For more on this topic, see my new book Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down.