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The "Unselfie" Introduced for 2nd Annual Giving Tuesday

PHOTO: Part of this year's Giving Tuesday is asking people to take and post "Unselfies." Courtesy #Giving Tuesday
PHOTO: Part of this year's Giving Tuesday is asking people to take and post "Unselfies." Courtesy #Giving Tuesday
December 3, 2013

FARGO, N.D. – With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now in the books, people around the state and nation are being asked to think of others on this Giving Tuesday.

Henry Timms, co-founder of Giving Tuesday, says that can include donating money or time to a favorite charitable group. And a new spin this year is having folks post what he calls an unselfie on social media.

"Share a picture of you doing something useful for others,” he explains. "Share a picture of a cause that matters deeply to you. Do something unselfish around Giving Tuesday."

Among the nonprofit organizations in North Dakota taking part is Dress for Success Red River Valley of the Upper Midwest.

Amber Dahl, the organization’s program coordinator, says Dress for Success provides employment clothing to woman who can't otherwise afford it.

"I think when you look good and you feel good, you go into an interview with a lot of confidence,” she says. “And that is what a lot of women say: 'I feel good about myself now. I look good. I can go in and I can get that job.'"

Since its first event last year, Giving Tuesday has grown to include more than 8,000 partners in all 50 states.

Dahl says women can get two outfits for the interviewing process, and once they've landed a job they can return and get another week's worth of clothing.

In addition, Dress for Success is opening a new career center later this month.

"Where women will be able to come in and get help writing resumes,” Dahl says. “And also if they need help with interview skills or any other skills that will help them find a job or help them stay employed."

The career center will be at the Fargo Boutique. And Dress for Success Red River Valley of the Upper Midwest also has a location in Hawley, Minnesota.



John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND