Western Massachusetts residents being encouraged to give back on ‘Giving Tuesday’

Hampden County

After Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday.

The global initiative was started to promote philanthropy while using social media.

“Every gift is meaningful and every gift is powerful,” said Sara Talcott of the Community Foundation of western Massachusetts. “From $5 to $5,000. It all adds up to a better community for all of us.”

Valley Gives, an extension of the foundation, is the western Massachusetts arm for Giving Tuesday. The organization has raised more than $10-million for nonprofits in the region.

Donors can log onto GivingTuesday.org, search for an organization that’s making an impact in their community, and make a charitable donation. No matter how big or small, every gift helps.

Generous donors helped Red Cross collect 141,000 units of blood in 2018 and enroll more than 23,000 people in life-saving classes, like CPR.

“This time of year is always tough for us and this year, for some reason, is just tougher than years in past,” said Red Cross of western Massachusetts District Manager, Anna Parella. “So, we really are appealing to the community.”

Giving Tuesday, an internet activism day, is held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving every year.

If you’re unable to give money, you can donate your time. You can help save three lives by donating one hour of your day to the Red Cross.

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