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Black Friday, Cyber Monday - Get Ready for #GivingTuesday

Graphic: Organizers of #GivingTuesday are using social media to try to establish a new annual tradition alongside Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Courtesy: #GivingTuesday.org
Graphic: Organizers of #GivingTuesday are using social media to try to establish a new annual tradition alongside Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Courtesy: #GivingTuesday.org
November 26, 2012

HELENA, Mont. - Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday - and a break from shopping tomorrow, for "Hashtag Giving Tuesday" (#GivingTuesday). It's a social media-focused event, mostly on Twitter, where people are asked to donate money, services or time to charities. Montana's Foundation for Community Care and the Red Feather Society are partners in the project.

Aaron Sherinian, vice-president for public relations at the UN Foundation, is one of the founders and he says they have high hopes for it to be an annual event.

"This is a country of generous people. So, generosity is in our hearts: why shouldn't it be on the calendar?"

Hashtag Giving Tuesday's organizers say more than a thousand groups are promoting the concept. Businesses are promoting it, too.

Sherinian is expecting #Giving Tuesday to go viral.

"We give really well. We mobilize very well. So, let's use a social media reality and let's help make sure it's on the minds and the tongues - and probably more importantly - in the Tweets and on the keyboards of everyone we know."

Several Montana groups focused on Native American issues also are involved.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT