Tuesday 27 November 2012
Today is #GivingTuesday. Get involved and give gifts that matter.
Today, international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox USA, joins hundreds of other charities, businesses, families and individuals in an effort to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.
Nov. 27 marks the first #GivingTuesday, a national movement to create a day dedicated to giving during the holiday season, similar to the way Black Friday and Cyber Monday are synonymous with holiday shopping.
ShelterBox, which responds to natural and other disasters worldwide by providing boxes of aid and emergency supplies to families in need, is encouraging shoppers to get involved by giving gifts that matter during #GivingTuesday and throughout the holiday season.
The charity has launched its alternative gift program—ShelterBox Global Gifts. Each gift is a tax-deductible donation that can be made in honor of a friend, loved one, colleague or client to support the organization’s efforts to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to families affected by disasters around the globe.
During the holiday season, shoppers can give gifts that honor their friends and family, make a difference, and provide hope to families that struggle to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.
For example, the ShelterBox Global Gift, “Protection from Disease” for a donation of $35, allows ShelterBox to send mosquito nets to areas of the world where malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent. Each net is treated to keep mosquitoes away, providing families with a safe place to sleep.
A variety of other ShelterBox Global Gifts are available online at www.shelterboxusa.org/globalgifts or by calling 1-941-907-6036 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.