For the last six years, Black Friday has been followed the next week by a day encouraging people to be charitable–Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday of the week following the notorious Black Friday, and also Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
I had already been aware of it, but this year I took more of an interest in it, as my dad is spending his retirement years operating a little cemetery, seeing how he was involved for years with a municipal cemetery. I am his partner operating it. I am the more junior of the two of us, clearly, but I do play a role, and I have access to the cemetery we have as we present ourselves on Facebook, which serves as a utility for visitors (offline and online) to reach out to us when there are observations and requests.
What I resolved on, in the end, was to present a token donation to the website Wikipedia, which felt right because I try Wikipedia at those times when I need a quick answer, or otherwise a fast piece of research. Wikipedia wasn’t asking for much (which is good because I don’t have a lot) and I retweeted an appeal of theirs on Twitter asking for donations and I was even delighted with a swift reply from them on Twitter, to which I immediately responded by clicking “like” and smiling broadly, because it’s what I think of as “cool” (to each his own).
I may give Giving Tuesday another go next year, as it was a lot of fun crafting tweets that encapsulated what I was going for with my Giving Tuesday campaign (my Twitter handle is @findingenvirons). I also posted to Facebook plentifully throughout November, leading up to Giving Tuesday (the cemetery page is www.facebook.com/LouthUnited).
If you’ve never been aware of Giving Tuesday each November, perhaps you will be aware of it in 2018 and you will feel like you are joining in the day to be charitable with your time and with your money. This blog has been active, generally speaking, over the last three years, and I want to continue to pursue it with diligence in mind in a manner that is pursuant to being part of a modest not-for-profit.