This is the first year that sales on Cyber Monday are expected to exceed Black Friday, but then of course, this year is anything but normal. I’ve never been a fan of the whole holiday shopping frenzy. As food lines extend miles and millions of people remain unemployed, it’s more important than ever to give back this year.
Today is Giving Tuesday and an opportunity to provide for those who are less fortunate. There are numerous ways you can participate – and they don’t all involve money. For example, you could:
- Reach out to the elderly – contact a local nursing home to find out what they need
- Create a donation station in your neighborhood
- Show gratitude for essential workers by sending a card to your local firehouse, postal worker or sanitation crew
- Pay for a stranger’s order – if you’re visiting a coffee shop or drive through, offer to pay for someone’s order. Or, help a single mother/father with their utility bill.
- Offer more compliments – let’s be honest, compliments feel good and we don’t do enough of it
- Mental Health – many people are struggling with major life changes this year (divorce, job loss, etc) and could use someone to talk to.
We are still not out of this pandemic, and while there is light at the end of the tunnel with promising vaccine news, there are still dark days ahead for many.
Let’s band together and get through this.