Every year I get hyped up about Black Friday. It's a rush I love giving myself every year. I always spend too much money and buy too many gifts and in the end it's ok because after it's all over with I do my other yearly tradition. Giving.
It started when I had children of my own. I wanted to give them everything they wanted. All I could think about though was the children that don't get anything at all. So every year my daughter has to part with some of her toys. Stuff that she thinks another little girl or boy would want to play with. Her birthday is in the month of November so we are able to use birthday gifts as well. Then my black friday shopping happens I have more than enough for my children as well as my best friends kids. Toy's for Tots is one way I give back. I also snatch up winter items that are deeply discounted so that I can donate those as well for children that may not have them.
It's traditions like this that I hope will shape my girls into having big hearts. I don't want the word greedy or unthankful to ever be mentioned in this house. They will be giving adults one day. I have a handful of friends that went above and beyond during the time when Lil' Peanut was born and I was recovering. Those are the people that get it. That life isn't about words but actions.
That's why this year I'm proud to be helping Giving Tuesday spread the word about their amazing day of giving thanks. Save the date, mark it now as you're reading this November 27th, 2012 with be #GivingTuesday.
Join me for the #GivingTuesday twitter party!
Information about the Twitter party:
What: Join a Twitter party to spread the word about celebrating the first-ever #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season to celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. This year's #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Our Twitter party will address how you can spread the word, why this movement matters and ways to get involved!
When: The party will be on Thursday, Nov. 1, at noon ET.
Where: Use the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter to find us!
Hosts: Follow @theMotherhood, @GivingTues, @CooperMunroe and @EmilyMcKhann
Prizes: We'll be giving away five $25 VISA gift cards, which you are welcome to use toward your charitable efforts this holiday giving season!
For more information about Giving Tuesday and to sign up as a Social Media Ambassador and help us spread the word, visit http://givingtuesday.org/