The eighth annual "Giving Tuesday" event finds the Corry and Clymer area jump-starting the holiday season with a spirit of giving this Tuesday.
According to www.givingtuesday.org, the "global generosity movement" began in 2012 on a New York City street, and in less than a decade has grown into a national and worldwide giving campaign.
In 2018, a total of $400 million was raised online in the United States alone. Closely following "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" shopping frenzies, this is an opportunity to give back and support participating nonprofit organizations. A list of these charities can be found on the Giving Tuesday website.
There are multiple opportunities to give locally this Giving Tuesday. One nonprofit based in Clymer, New York, 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministries, is participating for its third year in a row. This ministry was co-founded by Jen Heiser and Laurie Beckerink with the mission of "fighting childhood hunger in our community, one child at a time."
Based on the Biblical story of Jesus miraculously serving five loaves of bread and two fish to thousands of people, this ministry focuses its service on the Clymer, Sherman, and Bemus Point school districts, particularly at the elementary level.
Each Friday, bags of snacks for the weekend are provided for children of qualifying families so that they are sure to have enough food for the days away from school. This is because sometimes, the breakfast and lunch served by the school Monday through Friday are their main source of food for the week.
To give to this cause, visit the 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry Facebook page on Tuesday and go to their "Giving Tuesday" fundraiser.
"Local businesses have pledged to match up to $7,000, so our goal is to raise $14,000 this year," Heiser said.
The Corry Area Arts Council is also running a #GivingTuesday campaign, spearheaded by President Steve Nichols. Founded in 1971 and staffed by a volunteer board of directors, this organization is committed to enhancing culture and promoting interest in the arts throughout the Corry area. According to its website, this group has been responsible for sponsoring events in the community such as Sunday in the Park and the "Thursdays in the Park" music series.
To donate, visit the Corry Area Arts Council Facebook page.
This year, Facebook has pledged to match the first $7 million donated for Giving Tuesday, on a first-come, first-served basis. This begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, so those interested can donate early Tuesday morning.
The Salvation Army is nationally involved in Giving Tuesday, as well. To donate to its cause of serving those most in need, change can be dropped in one of the famously festive "red kettles" at local locations including Walmart and the Route 6 Plaza. Interested parties can also visit the regional Salvation Army website, www.easternusa.salvationarmy.org, to donate online.
Those interested in live updates from Giving Tuesday can sign up for email announcements at www.givingtuesday.org or follow Giving Tuesday updates via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.