You survived Black Friday. You’re trying hard to figure out what Cyber Monday means.
Maybe it’s time to join a worldwide effort called #givingtuesday — and coat your spirit in good will born of helping others.
Backed by organizations from the United Nations to Facebook, the folks who have created the concept want to establish an annual day to kick off holiday giving. This year, eight Puyallup-area nonprofit groups are involved.
“We were meeting a few months ago, and someone suggested, ‘Hey, why don’t we all partner with #givingtuesday?’” said Jamie Anderson, development director at Puyallup’s Helping Hand House. “We agreed not to put our organizations first, to get the community involved. We’re asking for time, food, supplies, blood, cash.”
Folks will be hard-pressed not to have something the groups need and will pass along locally.
Come Tuesday, donations of everything but blood will be accepted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Washington State Fairgrounds Gold Gate entrance.
They’ll take your blood, too — though that part of the drive will be at Cascade Regional Blood Services, 615 E. Pioneer Ave., Suite 114, Puyallup.
“We’ll be represented at the fairgrounds, but we won’t be taking blood there,” said Cyndi Anderson-Roberts, a director with the blood services organization. “Stop by and get a cup of coffee — Green Mountain Coffee is donating it — and help out.”
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Even the city has gotten involved, declaring Dec. 3 “#givingtuesday” in Puyallup.
How can you help? Let the #givingtuesday count the ways:
• Give goods. Everything from “gently used clothing” to cleaning supplies, diapers, bedding and food will be accepted and put to use locally by food banks, homeless shelters and school programs.
• Give time. Visit the group’s website — givingtuesdaypuyallup.org — and find organizations that will find a match for any time you have with a cause you want to support. The list included United Way, One Another Foundation, St. Francis House and Communities in Schools.
• Give cash. Tax-deductible donations are accepted on the website, where you can select the organization you wish to support. You can also stop by the fairgrounds Tuesday, talk to representatives of the groups involved and write a check there.
Don’t expect the kind of crowds Black Friday produced in stores around the country. The folks at #givingtuesday are realistic.
“It’s our first year of doing this, and we’re all asking our donor bases to help,” Anderson said. “We all pooled our email addresses. We’re asking companies to partner with us. We want to help make this an annual day of service.”
Anderson-Roberts is looking well beyond Tuesday.
“We probably got started later than we wished, so this year may largely be about building awareness,” she said. “We’re looking for more business partners, and many of the groups had already been supporting different holiday drives.”
The nonprofit organizations involved this year are Communities in Schools of Puyallup, Exodus Housing, Puyallup Food Bank, St. Francis House, Helping Hand House, One Another Foundation, Washington State Fair Foundation and Cascade Regional Blood Services.
For those who want to learn more about these groups, each will have people at the fairgrounds Tuesday to talk about what they do.
“People don’t have to donate; just learning about our organizations spreads the word,” Anderson-Roberts said. “This is the chance to stop by and chat, see what you might want to do now or down the line.”
For a list of what goods are most needed, go to the website. #givingtuesday
Where: Washington State Fairgrounds, Gold Gate, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup.
Who: Eight Puyallup-area nonprofit organizations, as part of givingtuesday puyallup.org.
Why: To help those in need of food, clothing, shelter or blood.
Larry LaRue: 253-597-8638 email@example.com