TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) “Giving Tuesday” is a global celebration of giving fueled by the power of social media and community collaboration.
With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Shop Small Saturday in the books, the global holiday marks a time to focus on giving back to those in need during the busy holiday season.
The #GivingTuesday movement reports that since its creation in 2012, more than one billion dollars have been donated for charity groups in the United States alone on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
WJHL is teaming up with the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter to host the annual Tails and Paws Supply Drive on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd at 5 p.m.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Reynolds will host the event and the shelter is asking for donations of cat food, kitten food and cleaning supplies.
For Shelter Director Tammy Davis, Giving Tuesday is an important day at the shelter.
“We have lots of needs. We took in almost five thousand animals last year and all of those animals require some type of care. We rely on the community to donate supplies for us and we have animals come in with severe medical needs and we rely on donations for that too,” says Davis.
There are many other organizations in the Tri-Cities that are hoping you will consider them on Giving Tuesday, including:
- Tilted Tavern Animal Rescue
- One Acre Cafe
- Neonatal Kitten Rescue
- Hunger First
- Appalachia Service Project
- Coalition for Kids
- Develop Africa
- East Tennessee State University
- First Tennessee Human Resource Agency
- Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee
- Grace Fellowship Church
- Jeremiah School
- Mountain States Foundation
- Rise Up
- Seasons of Hope
- Stadia Church Planting
- The Altar Fellowship
- The Keith Edmonds Foundation
- The Quest Movement
- Unicoi County Animal Shelter
- Vessel of Honor
More information about each of those organizations and links to their websites can all be found here.
Facebook is matching the first 7 million dollars of donations today made through the social media platform. Check out the Facebook page of your favorite local charity and click “donate” to give online.