Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Black Friday? Cyber Monday? … #GivingTuesday! Let me explain this “new day,” because today is the official start of the giving season and you can help spread the word and participate! We all know the history of the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. Then the more recent tradition of Cyber Monday was a day added with the popularity of internet shopping and social media. Now there is a day, #GivingTuesday, which is an initiative we anticipate can raise true excitement and joy, even more than the retail stores advertise.

This is the first year for #GivingTuesday. It all started when several foundations and non-profits got together to try and revive the true meaning of the holidays. It’s an initiative help remind people to experience the holidays in a way they may have forgotten. The initiative is to help remind people that it is about more than just shopping and getting good deals; it’s about giving back.
What opportunities are there for #GivingTuesday? Well that is easy! We don’t expect you to stop shopping for your favorite people and closest friends and family, however we do hope you can help us spread the word and participate. The easiest way is share this blog or other posts on your social media sites about #GivingTuesday
·        Another great and free way is to give your time and talents to something you are passionate about. Volunteer!
·        Consider the #HungryBears movement like my co-worker Leigh and I did and donate food to your local food pantry. Oh yeah, not just any food. Food you would enjoy for a meal like PB & J or Chicken Fetticcine Alfredo.  
·        Make a donation to your favorite charity, foundation or organization.
·        Get together with friends and be a host for someone less fortunate to brighten their holiday season, child or adult.
·        Donate some clothes, toys and household decorations you no longer use or want that are in good condition.
Hospice of Southern Illinois is excited to support this “new day” and initiative to encourage others to spread the word and participate in giving back. Help us kick off the giving season by donating to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Please visit our website www.hospice.org. We serve patients and families regardless of their ability to pay and it is donations from people like you who enable us to provide excellent hospice care to improve quality of life at the end of life. If Hospice of Southern Illinois is not your organization of choice, we still hope you spread the word and participate in the “new day” that is kicking off the true meaning of the holiday season #Giving Tuesday, giving back and receiving joy. What did you give today? Don't forget to use your Hashtag  #Giving Tuesday when you post today and all holiday season!
Help us share, educate, and reach out by subscribing to our blog and suggesting it to friends who will spread our message: Hospice of Southern Illinois is here to teach you what hospice is, what we are about, and what we can do for you and your loved ones. No one has to go through the dying process alone. Hospice of Southern Illinois can help.

Live well, laugh often, and love much,
Christine Juehne
Hospice of Southern Illinois
Community Education

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