National Day of Giving is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The holiday is a reminder that life should not be about consumerism, and the perfect opportunity to make someone a little happier by giving a nice present.
The National Day of Giving was created in 2012 by the Union of the UN and the 92nd Street Y cultural center, with a significant contribution from Henry Timms, the CEO of the latter organization. The purpose of the holiday is to bring out the American generosity and dedicate the day to good deeds!
People have been donating to and providing for the poor for a long time. Scholars single out the first documented record of such an act among Jews, dating back to 2500 BC, written in Hebrew. This record involved the introduction of a special tax to help the poor. Another noteworthy donation was the government assistance from the Roman emperor Augustus in 1180 BC, where he generously helped 200 thousand people.
National Day of Giving is celebrated annually, attracting more and more participants each year. Not only individuals, but also entire companies have joined the movement and are taking part in this event.
- The first ever celebration was widely covered by popular publications, for example, the Washington Post and the official blog of the White House.
- The day is celebrated in more than 80 countries around the world.
- Surveys show that people feel like a part of something bigger when they give something.
- Mainly people from 18 to 40 years old participate in the holiday.
- eBay donates a percentage of its sales to charities each year.
How to take part
Join and connect with your friends! Tell others about the holiday and share the information on social networks. Make donations, either in money or in kind. Donate blood at the nearest hospital, donate things to those in need, take toys to orphans, or collect food.
When is National Day of Giving celebrated in 2023?
National Day of Giving is observed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year.