You’ve heard of ‘Black Friday’, right? The day after Thanksgiving? Big sales? The day of the year when retailers expect to make enough sales in order to “go into the black” for the year?
What about ‘Cyber Monday’? That’s a newer one – it’s the day that on-line retailers offer big discounts, hoping to insert themselves into the holiday sales frenzy.
Here’s one for you, though: have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday? It’s the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (this year, it falls on November 27). ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ kick off the holiday buying season, but ‘Giving Tuesday’ kicks off the holiday giving season. After spending time with friends and family, and stuffing ourselves full of good food, and then going out and buying lots of gifts… it might just be time to think about sharing our resources with those who don’t have the blessings that we enjoy.
There are many ways to help those who are less fortunate, and who need our help in this holiday season! One way that immediately comes to mind are the St. Vincent de Paul Society chapters of our four parishes. Some of our parishes already take up a collection on behalf of them, on months that have five Sundays. I’ve asked that all our four parishes do so. (The next one falls on December 30.) But, why wait until then? Call them today (412-321-1071) or visit their website (www.svdppitt.org/donate/donate) and offer your assistance.
Please consider making a donation to one of the many groups who are helping those in need this holiday season. This Tuesday – Giving Tuesday – is a great time to enter into the holiday spirit by sharing our resources with those who are most vulnerable and in need!