Several Puyallup-based nonprofit organizations have come together to bring awareness and encourage giving during the holiday season with the international movement #GivingTuesday.
The event has been declared internationally as the first Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving.
Just like retailers promote Black Friday, nonprofits have an opportunity to get involved with #GivingTuesday.
The undertaking aims to create an official calendar day during which communities lend a hand to those in need through nonprofits during the holidays. This is the first year Puyallup participated.
“We benefit just from people learning about our organizations, or just donating once,” said Cyndi Anderson-Roberts, the director of fund development at Cascade Regional Blood Services. “We really felt this was a pretty cool opportunity. People in Puyallup, especially, are so generous.”
The Puyallup Food Bank, Washington State Fair Foundation, Exodus Housing, St. Francis House, Helping Hand House, One Another Foundation, Communities in Schools of Puyallup and Cascade Regional Blood Services are involved in #GivingTuesday.
Puyallup Mayor Rick Hansen has proclaimed the Tuesday following Thanksgiving as #GivingTuesday in Puyallup. He announced it at the Puyallup City Council meeting on Nov. 19.
Puyallup has differentiated its #GivingTuesday event by having the option of donating blood through Cascade Regional Blood Services.
“It’s a cool way for people to give without giving money or going to buy something,” Anderson-Roberts said.
Jamie Anderson, development director at Puyallup’s Helping Hand House, said the idea for #GivingTuesday was brought to their attention during one of the community-development meetings.
“We’re doing anything to get the community involved,” Anderson said. “Between the different organizations, there is a lot of reach in the community.”
He said Helping Hand House helps homeless families and children get into housing and on a path toward becoming self-sustainable.
“There are actually over 600 homeless kids just in the Sumner and Puyallup school districts combined,” Anderson said. “That doesn’t include other siblings or those not in the school district.”
The nonprofits will come together on Dec. 3 at the Washington State Fairgrounds, where they will accept donations to be distributed to the organizations that need them. A list of the most-needed items can be found at www.givingtuesdaypuyallup.org.
Donations will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 3.
The nonprofits will be located at the Gold Gate entrance under the main readerboard, across from the Gold Lot and Cattin’s restaurant.
Elsy Pawelak is a freelance reporter for the Herald.