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Celebrate Giving This Holiday Season

This year, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season.

Where did the idea come from?

The retail industry has long benefited from seasonal shopping that symbolically kicks off with “Black Friday” – a day that has since inspired “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday.” #GivingTuesday, then, serves as a celebratory, fully connected day to kick off the giving season, when many make their holiday and end-of-year charitable gifts. #GivingTuesday proves that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. It celebrates how Americans can do more with their wallets than just shop – and that we Americans can give as good as we get.

What is COTS doing?

Each balloon represents 10 individuals COTS served this past year. That is 211 people in Winooski.

Even with families scattered across the nation, or really globe for that matter, the idea of home is pervasive throughout the holiday season.  While home does not necessarily mean a house, it sure helps to have one when you are looking for someone to host a meal.  Yes, home is where the heart is, but we still think it is important to keep hearts in homes.  So this Thanksgiving, we are asking our communities to think of COTS on #GivingTuesday and help us keep #HeartsinHomes.

How can you join the movement?

Some examples of a #unselfie!

–Keep a look out for our #HeartsinHomes photos and share to raise awareness!

–Encourage your schools and workplaces to participate in #GivingTuesday with a collection drive!

–Take an unselfie! Upload a selfless selfie to your Instagram account and use the hashtags #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday to let the world know that you support COTS!

–Invest in your community and consider making a donation so we can continue to help your neediest neighbors!

Last year, more than 10,000 organizations in 46 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out the give this December 2. Happy Thanksgiving!