By now, we’ve all celebrated Thanksgiving, shopped till we dropped on Black Friday and have gone wild online during Cyber Monday. Now we land on the national day for giving called, #GivingTuesday.
This rapidly growing movement, now in its 2nd year, promotes ALL forms of giving – time, talents, and generosity – small or large. Social media is an integral part of the movement to help share your personal experiences of “giving” to others and inspiring your friends and co-workers to get involved.
Here at Cityteam, we were blessed with a matching gift on GivingTuesday to help raise $20,000 in 24 hours. So let the twittering begin, and photos be posted because hundreds of people are on the move to give to Cityteam so we can double the amount of meals we serve to those in need. Here is a simple video that carries the message of “Double the Gift & Double the Joy” and helping others through your generosity.
Cityteam also has a website called- Gifts That Matter – where you’ll find a list a special gifts that you can give in honor of a friend or loved one, while helping someone in need at the same time. So if it’s not on Oprah’s Gift list, then you’ll find it on Cityteam’s list. We’ll even send a beautiful Christmas card to your friend or loved one if you select one of our gifts in their honor. Also you’ll find fun ways to shop and help Cityteam with the AmazonSmile website and the hottest new charitable website called Razoo. Their eGiving Cards allow your family and friends to make charitable donations to any of their favorite charities like Cityteam.
It’s going to be a wonderful season of giving.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and this is the time of year many of us pause to think about everything that we have to be thankful for – our family’s health, a nice home, loved ones, and the ability to buy the things we need are just a few.
For many Americans this year, it will continue to be a solemn time because so many of them are still suffering from the loss of jobs, loss of homes, health issues and loneliness. Our prayers go out to these families and individuals that are quietly holding on each day. We hope they arrive at our Cityteam doorstep because we want the opportunity to love them, share a holiday meal with them or provide them with a big Thanksgiving food box that will feed their families for days. We also desire to pray with them and make them feel like a part of our Cityteam family. Serving people with dignity and grace is so important.
The most interesting part of all this is – Cityteam is only made up of 125 employees worldwide. There are not a lot of us, but we are very dedicated to serving people in need every day of the year. If you visit a particular Cityteam location – you might only see five employees or less. So how do we serve hundreds of thousands of people each year? It’s because volunteers show up every day to love and care for those in need. For some, it’s their first time volunteering and for others they are faithful volunteers that come every week or month. At this time of year, we at Cityteam are so grateful for all the volunteers that share their holidays with us.
If you want to give back this holiday season by volunteering, donating a turkey or hosting a food drive – Cityteam is the perfect place. It would mean so much to those we serve and we know your life will be changed too. You can volunteer by yourself, or bring your family or company with you. It’s as simple as visiting our website at www.cityteam.org/volunteer .
Come share your holidays with us.
The holidays are just around the corner and Thanksgiving is a really special time of year here at Cityteam. For many low-income families, the homeless or those suffering from addiction – it will be their first time they sit at our dinner table. It will also be the first time for many of our volunteers who will serve dinner. It’s a time when we all come together to care for one another and share the “hope” that true transformation is possible.
You might be asking – what do those moments look like? We developed a short holiday video to give you a glimpse of what it looks like – “When Help Meets Hope”.
See how you can get involved this holiday season – www.cityteam.org/volunteer and www.whenhelpmeetshope.org