WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – There's push for a new holiday tradition called Giving Tuesday, in which non-profit organizations across the country come together to create a new day to give back to those less fortunate.
It falls in the footsteps of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, and it's a way for people to spend money on others after spending money on themselves.
Local organizations in Wilmington used social media to get the word out. Wilmington Downtown, Inc., Cape Fear Red Cross, and WHQR Public Radio tweeted #GivingTuesday to all of their followers.
The hashtag soon started trending on Twitter.
"I think every family has a percentage of that family or demographic within the family circle that doesn't participate in Black Friday," said John Hinnant with Wilmington Downtown, Inc. "Something like Giving Tuesday is something that pulls at the heart strings of a lot more people."
Those who donate also qualify for a tax deductible. Hinnant recommends people to talk to their lawyers and make sure they pick a qualifying non-profit.
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