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Giving Tuesday inspires community generosity

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving. It was added to the cultural calendar last year as a less material follow to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Giving Tuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.

"It's better to give than too receive and by giving of yourselves, I do believe that you get back in return,” said Maj. Richard Watts, Salvation Army.

This is the second year for Giving Tuesday, which has become a social media sensation.

Maj. Richard Watts says he encourages people to donate to charities, food banks and to give of their time.

"You can write a check, you can drop money off in one of our red kettles, you can take an angel off the angel tree, but by getting personally involved not only will you benefit, but you will change the lives of other people,” said Maj. Watts.

This holiday season the American Red Cross is urging people to give something, that means something by making a financial donation through the holiday donor challenge campaign.

"This is an opportunity for them to do something a little different and to use their time to give back, and it's really easy. It's as easy as going on Facebook and showing your support,” said Autumn Mihms, American Red Cross.

Autumn Mihms says thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor the first $20,000 in
financial contributions to the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross will be matched this holiday season.

Maj. Watts says it helps to know there are loving people here in our area.

"We've got a wonderful community, but regardless there are people that are hungry, there are people that are homeless, there are people that don't know what they are going to get this holiday season for their children,” said Watts.

Last year more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about Giving Tuesday.

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