Following the spending sprees of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, charities and non-profit groups in the North Okanagan are getting back to the true meaning of the season with Giving Tuesday.
More than a dozen local groups, representing causes ranging from brain injury to art and homelessness to hospice, joined forces for a civic movement at city hall to mark the first ever Giving Tuesday in Vernon.
Collectively, and with the blessing of city hall, they marked Giving Tuesday as an opportunity to encourage citizens to serve others today and every day of the year.
“This is about giving what you can, whether that’s time or gently-used goods,” said Sue Beaudry with the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.
While monetary donations are always appreciated, each of the North Okanagan’s charity groups, support centres and non-profit agencies rely on other acts of giving.
“None of the programs that all of these people put on would happen without volunteers and donors,” said Linda Yule, executive director of the United Way of North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap.
Community Foundation of the North Okanagan treasurer Catherine Lord agrees from both her role with the foundation and with the City of Vernon as a councillor.
“Without all of you, we couldn’t do what we do,” said Lord.
While Giving Tuesday is celebrated worldwide, this is a first for Vernon, but won’t be the last.
“We just want to say, thank you,” said Yule.