Kenzie Mayer

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there is a new trend taking place after Thanksgiving called Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday was created to get Americans back into the holiday spirit of giving after the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The #givingtuesday website explains this day as a day to give thanks, a global day dedicated to giving back after all the shopping over the weekend. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

People all around the world are asked to give to any cause, and share what they did by using any social media such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by using the hashtag, #givingtuesday. Creators want to get the hashtag trending, to spread giving, generosity, and love all around the world. The #givingtuesday was created by a cultural center in New York called 92nd street Y in 2012. Since then the trend has spread all throughout America and to many other countries all over the world, with 40,000 partners worldwide and more than $86 million raised.

This was a big year for the organization, getting a lot more recognition than other years. Every year more and more people become aware of this day to give, even Snapchat joined the cause and created a #givingtuesday geotag for their users. 92nd street Y also joined together with Toyota and created a #selflessie tag; for every selfie posted with the hashtag from now until January 4th, Toyota will donate $50 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Giving Tuesday is over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still give. The winter holidays are a time for giving, so if you missed Giving Tuesday it doesn’t matter, because you can make donations anytime, and simply posting a selfie on social media is enough.