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Food for Thought: #Giving Tuesday – The Sequel

GRAPHIC: Black Friday, the kickoff of holiday shopping, encroached on Thanksgiving this year, with major retailers starting their sales on Thursday. One antidote to galloping consumerism is Giving Tuesday.
GRAPHIC: Black Friday, the kickoff of holiday shopping, encroached on Thanksgiving this year, with major retailers starting their sales on Thursday. One antidote to galloping consumerism is Giving Tuesday.
November 29, 2013

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Black Friday started on Thursday this year, with major retailers moving up their holiday sales kickoffs to Thanksgiving Day.

In response, last year the Hashtag Giving Tuesday movement sprang up, aimed at making the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday a day of giving.

The New Hampshire Food Bank is one of what's grown to more than 5,000 partners in Giving Tuesday, which seems to be losing the hashtag prefix that helped it explode on social media last year.

The Manchester group's Nancy Mellitt is dismayed to see the big retailers opening on the holiday.

"It certainly takes away from the meaning and intention of the holiday,” she laments. “And for those folks who are working at these companies who have decided to open, it takes them away from their families."

Retailers rely on the period between Black Friday and Christmas for a major portion of their annual sales.

Giving Tuesday proponents argue for a pause to consider sharing over shopping.

Henry Timms at New York's 92nd Street Y is credited with coming up with Giving Tuesday.

"Every year, we hear a lot of people complaining about, they think things are too consumer-focused,” he says. “What we hope is that Giving Tuesday gives them a chance to really put that complaint to good use and think, 'How can I give something back?'"

Nancy Mellitt says she hopes Giving Tuesday will lead people to consider a donation of time or money to the Food Bank.

"They are out spending money on loved ones, friends, and it's a good time to think about those folks among us who are less fortunate," she says.

Timms says this year, Giving Tuesday is putting a spin on the fad of taking selfies, photos that people share of themselves on social media. He calls it the UNselfie.

"The UNselfie takes that idea and says, 'Actually, share a picture of something more important,’” he explains. “’Share a picture of you doing something useful for others. Share a picture of a cause that matters deeply to you. Do something unselfish around Giving Tuesday.'"



Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NH