Giving Tuesday offers alternative gifts

Local charitable organizations will gather at Vernon city hall Tuesday, Dec. 1 at noon to mark Giving Tuesday

North Okanagan residents are being urged to embrace the spirit of giving.

Local charitable organizations will gather at Vernon city hall Tuesday, Dec. 1 at noon to mark Giving Tuesday, a movement that encourages people to support causes important to them.

“Working collectively as a community cannot help but improve the lives of everyone living there,” said Shelley Gilmore, with Giving Tuesday Okanagan.

“Giving means different things to different people and we want to celebrate that by encouraging the giving of dollars to a worthy cause or project, the giving of time and the giving of your heart to your community.”

Giving Tuesday follows popular shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The agencies involved are Caetani Centre, Hear the Music Ministries, the Mental Illness Family Support Centre, the NexusBC Community Resource Centre, North Okanagan Hospice Society, the North Okanagan Pregnancy Care Centre, the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association, United Way, Upper Room Mission, the Vernon Animal Care Society, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.

“Our communities are stronger when we come together to work on initiatives like Giving Tuesday,” said Diane Entwistle, with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.

“When we work collectively to support those who need us the most, we create safe, supportive communities where people belong and have the chance to grow and succeed. It’s easy to give. It is as simple as giving a helping hand to your neighbour or donating to your favourite charity.”


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