Even though October is barely over yet, you’ve probably noticed that Christmas decorations are popping up in a variety of places. The fact that people are focusing on Christmas already, before Thanksgiving has been celebrated, elicits many different responses from people. As shoppers begin to gear up for the Christmas season, retailers everywhere are gearing up for our nation’s unofficial national shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Most people know that these shopping days exist, but did you know that there is also an unofficial global day for giving?
On Tuesday, November 29th people all across the world will participate in #GivingTuesday. The focus of this movement is to encourage people to give to their local charities in any way that they are able to. This is a way to celebrate the holidays that we here at World Relief Chicago are pretty pumped about!
World Relief Chicago would like to invite you to participate in #GivingTuesday by building a Welcome Kit for a refugee family. When refugees arrive here, they often don’t have necessary household items. Providing a Welcome Kit for a family not only provides them with items that they need, it also shows them that they are welcome and that it is important to us that they feel at ease in their new home.
A Welcome Kit could be something that you and your family do together to positively impact the life of a refugee family. Or you could spread the word to your church and inspire a Welcome Kit drive. No matter how you chose to go about giving, you will be providing much needed materials as well as assurance that a family is welcome in their new and unfamiliar country.
While you’re preparing to do your part on #GivingTuesday, feel free to let others know about this global day of giving, as well as our Welcome Kits, while using the Giving Tuesday hashtag!
Learn more about the #GivingTuesday movement at https://www.givingtuesday.org/
Learn more about our Welcome Kits at http://worldreliefchicago.org/welcome-kits