GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – After days of Americans spending millions of dollars to kick off the holiday shopping season, people are now transitioning into the giving spirit for Giving Tuesday.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, yet this is an opportunity to focus on the charitable season rather than the shopping season.
Last year on Giving Tuesday, more than 700,000 people raised $116 million online for various organizations.
Local non-profits, foundations, small businesses and even universities are participating.
The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is one of those. They’re on track to adopt out more than 700 animals this year. They hope to continue saving lives and dropping the euthanasia rate in Pitt County.
“We’re an organization that operates really on a shoestring. We have found out that our adoption fees only cover about a quarter of our operating costs here. So if we don’t have a way to raise additional funds, we can’t stay in business,” said Humane Society of Eastern Carolina Board of Directors Vice President Siri Epsy.
To find out how to support the Humane Society, click here.
Giving Tuesday has become the single biggest day for giving. Those who can’t donate money are encouraged to volunteer or do a random act of kindness Tuesday.
Another local participating organization is ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now. The non-profit’s goal is to raise $5,000 Tuesday.
Founder Pam Strickland says they need funding and volunteers to support prevention efforts against human trafficking in schools and training for various groups.
“Unfortunately our major fundraiser of the year came the week after Hurricane Matthew so we did not reach our goal. So we are hopeful that Giving Tuesday can sort of make up for that for some dollars that we need to finish out this year,” said Strickland.
To find out how to support ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now, click here.
Nearly 1,000 organizations in North Carolina alone are asking for help this Giving Tuesday.
Click here for a full list of participating organizations. The website allows narrowing searches by location. People can also share how they’re giving back using #GivingTuesday.