In an unprecedented move, GivingTuesday has announced plans for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, 2020. A global generosity movement, GivingTuesday is typically held on the Tuesday following the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, however, #GivingTuesdayNow serves as a call for unity in response to the immediate needs of our world during COVID-19.
The world is currently experiencing a global pandemic that reaches every facet of our society. From Asia, to Europe, to Africa and the Americas, COVID-19 has disrupted lives, closed businesses and schools, and taken over 150,000 lives. Many have lost their jobs, been separated from families, and faced days of isolation in quarantine. It is hard to find someone who has not been affected by this rampant virus.
But as people always do, many have rallied to the cause. Doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, civil servants, and essential employees have placed themselves on the front line of the battle against COVID-19. Non-profit organizations, businesses, churches, and individuals have given sacrificially of their time and resources to help others in this time of need. Now is the time for the world to unite and support one another in the fight against this deadly virus.
On May 5, 2020, make it a point to do something for someone else. Whether that be through an act of kindness, or contributing to your favorite charity, giving back to your community transforms lives (including our own)! Generosity does not always require money; you can be generous with your time, your talents, or your resources. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Take a moment to call someone who is alone. Encourage them. Let them know someone cares.
- Support small businesses by writing an online review or buying gift cards.
- Check on the elderly. Can you have groceries delivered for them? or pick up medications?
- Many hospitals are asking for homemade masks. Can you help make masks or provide materials?
- Donate non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and toiletries to your local food bank.
- Contribute to a local church or charity that is providing assistance during these difficult times.
Take a little extra time during this quarantine to encourage or help someone in need. If you are volunteering, be wise and practice social distancing and CDC guidelines. We can all take a moment to be a light in a time of darkness!