Most of us have the benefit of having more than we need to live. National Give Something Away Day on July 15 gives us an opportunity to share some of our bounties.
In the United States, giving is on the rise. According to Giving USA, giving rose in all nine major categories in 2016 – religion; education; human services; giving to foundations; health, public-society benefit; arts; culture and humanities; international affairs; and environment and animals.
On this day, broaden your goals and organize a give something fundraiser. Look around your community and identify the places that need you the most. Focus your energies there.
HOW TO OBSERVE
In the spirit of the occasion, consider paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Clean out your closet or garage and make a donation. Donate to the local food pantry or little library. Volunteer your time or skills. Teaching someone gives them the opportunity to pay it forward. Create gift baskets for shelters. Post on social media using #GiveSomethingAwayDay.
Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher founded National Give Something Away Day. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Give Something Away Day to be observed annually on July 15.