Just give (because): #GivingTuesday
Today is #GivingTuesday. A National Day of Giving to raise awareness for giving back.
Here are ways you can give:
Yes, today is the official day to give. But you can give every day. Any time. Because you can make a difference. You can brighten someone’s day. You can make the world a better place.
It can be smiling at a stranger. It can be donating $5 (or $5000) to your favorite cause. It can be volunteering with the homeless. It can be donating goods and services to a charity auction. It can be helping someone cross the street. It can be music. It can be art. It can even, yes, be as simple as giving words of encouragement to a friend.
But the important thing is that we, as a society, need to be unselfish. We need to find ways to put others first and to make this world a better place.
Did I give for #GivingTuesday financially? Yes, I donated what I could to the Atlantic Theater Company. I am of modest means. I am not as wealthy as I someday hope to be. But I can still give something.
And I thought about it. What charity would make me feel the best to give to today?
And I recalled the appeal I had received from playwright Doug Wright (you may know his play I Am My Own Wife.) In the fundraising letter Doug Wright says “I know the holidays are just around the corner and your mailbox is no doubt filled with letters like this one, impassioned annual appeals from worthy organizations. You’re already a friend of the Atlantic, or you wouldn’t be on this mailing list. Why should you give more? Because almost one hundred and fifty years after Ibsen said it, the starving poet business is still pretty damn tough. At its very core, the Atlantic strives every single day to keep the poet in each of us—the madcap philosopher, the inveterate dreamer, the undaunted visionary and the incurable romantic–alive. To me, that’s an indispensable cause.”
And that is what I believe in giving my money towards. Something designed to challenge the very soul, the very fiber of who we are…no matter how briefly.
What is that for you? Is it your school? A hospital? Your local guide dog association? What?
Seek that out. Find an answer. Find what makes your heart strings pull.
And give what you can.
Because that is the right thing to do.