Black Friday, Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday?

New tradition focuses on donating to non-profit organizations


SAN ANTONIO – Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about finding deals, however, there is another day in that group but it focuses on giving.

Giving Tuesday is about donating to a non-profit organization to help someone else enjoy the holidays or just get the help they need.

This tradition is only a few years old but it is having an impact.

"We have started to see more donors that come in...it has definitely made a difference," said Cathy Valdez, executive director of Project Mend. 

Project Mend is a small non-profit business that refurbishes household medical equipment like wheelchairs, motorized-chairs, walkers, and crutches.

The project then helps those who need the equipment but don't have the financial means or insurance to cover it.

Larger non-profit organizations also benefit from the awareness and funds from Giving Tuesday.

The Cavaliers picked the day to donate thousands of dollars worth of items to Any Baby Can.

"We don't know where we would be without them," said Valerie Rodriguez who is raising two autistic children. 

"This gives us another opportunity to make a difference in our community," said De Miller, King Antonio XCII.

Another benefit from Giving Tuesday is the chance to remind people that donating money is not the only way to help out non profits organizations.

"We've got volunteer opportunities which is another way of giving back,"  Valdez said. "That is just as important as a monetary donation."


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