What if the products you bought for your home, food that you consumed, clothes that you wore, and actions that you took did more? Today is Giving Tuesday, a global giving movement that centers around giving the gift of your time, donations, goods, or your voice. Every year on Giving Tuesday, our family reflects on the ways we give back, locally, globally, and charitably. It’s a nice thing to do especially after a weekend of indulging in food, family, friends, and shopping.
Whether giving is integrated into your lifestyle or you’re looking for additional opportunities for your family, Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to talk about giving, model how to care for others through giving, and find ways to involve care for others in your community and around the world in age-appropriate ways that make sense for you and your kids.
4 Commonly Asked Questions About Giving Tuesday
Are my kids too young to understand the concept of Giving Tuesday?
They aren’t! Even the youngest kids understand the importance of being kind to one another. Talking about Giving Tuesday, modeling kindness and charitable giving through your actions, and involving your kids teaches them to think beyond themselves and to care about others. My 6 Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids to Give on Giving Tuesday & Throughout the Year is perfect for parents of preschoolers and early elementary ages who want to use today to inspire their kids.
Are there good books that I can read to my kids to reinforce giving?
Absolutely! Besides modeling, books are one of the best ways to reinforce how one small act can make a huge difference. I share tips and age appropriate book lists for toddlers and preschoolers, early elementary ages, and teens and teens in my How Parents Can Inspire Kids to Give on Giving Tuesday and Beyond post.
Where can I find organizations that align with my family’s interests?
There is no shortage of organizations that would love your money but also appreciate your time as a volunteer. I curated 3 different lists featuring 3 organizations that are specifically designed for animal lovers, those that are passionate about education, and helping kids around the world in my post, 9 Easy Ways for Your Family to Give Back on Giving Tuesday and Beyond. It also contains suggestions about ways to get involved locally.
How can I support others through gifts that give back?
It’s important to be conscious about the items you purchase and who they benefit. Purposeful purchasing has the power to provide economic empowerment through sustainable jobs but it also has the ability to donate back to favorite charities and causes. If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of gifts that give back, Nicole Melancon from Third Eye Mom, does a fantastic job! Here is her most recent Gifts That Give Back Guide that is a must-read and below is a new product that benefits one of my favorite organizations.
Hope Products Coffee + St. Jude = Pure Love!
It’s no secret that I love St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I need a cup of coffee to start each day (and my St. Jude Heroes training runs!) so when this box from Hope Products arrived over the weekend, I was over the moon thrilled! Two of my favorite things in one box? Yes, please!
Besides having St. Jude Heroes like me who fundraise, train, and run races to support St. Jude’s mission, there are numerous companies who give back to St. Jude on a regular basis. Perhaps you’ve seen the St. Jude logo on a Domino’s pizza box, been asked to donate to St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving campaign when making your purchase at Best Buy, or coveted the Gold Heart Mugs at Williams Sonoma that benefit St. Jude.
Hope Products is a company whose mission is to support St. Jude because founder, Ward Myers, had a family member who was diagnosed with cancer. Following the 2017 diagnosis, Wade has dedicated his professional and personal time to support the battle against pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases by providing quality products with competitive prices. Every year Hope Products pledges 50% of their profits – no less than $250,000 each year- go to supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For more information about Hope Products:
- Visit their website
- Follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
- Purchase ground coffee and K-Cups from Hope Products
I hope this post has inspired you to give the gift of your time, donations, goods, or your voice and I hope that this Giving Tuesday you’ll give generously and pledge to spend money on items that give back to help others in your community, in other areas of the country, and around the world.
No compensation was received for this post however, Hope Products gifted me with products to facilitate the review. I personally pay for travel expenses related to St. Jude Memphis Marathon and other runs completed as a St. Jude Hero. Huge thanks to Hope Products for the gift of coffee mentioned in this post! Affiliate links are included in this post.