3 things to know about Giving Tuesday

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There are many charities to donate to on Giving Tuesday.

There are many charities to donate to on Giving Tuesday.

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For about a decade, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has always been a day to give back.

Communities across the country round up donors to contribute to local and national charities to help those in need for the upcoming holiday season. It could be a financial contribution or a donated item toward a good cause.

Here are three things to know about the annual event:

How Giving Tuesday started

It all began in New York City in 2012, according to the National Day Calendar, when 92 Street Y created a "Day of Giving" to attract awareness toward charity wrapped around the buzz of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The efforts evolved into a national day of giving that is celebrated every Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

How to participate in Giving Tuesday

There are several ways to partake in Giving Tuesday, but here are three options:

• Set up a collection for non-perishable food at work.

• Donate gift cards to a shelter.

• Collect new toys and donate them to children spending the holidays in the hospital.

Other ways to give is to donate time helping at a shelter or nonprofit organization, giving goods to a food pantry, or simply taking the time to ring the bell for the Salvation Army as passersby give what they can.

How to promote your group on Giving Tuesday

Social media is also recommended as an outlet to express and acknowledge Giving Tuesday. Many organizations and event operators use social media to promote various charities for people to consider. Using the hashtag #GivingTuesday is a universal way of sharing what you did to give back.