Something sacrificial

Published 9:21 pm Monday, December 2, 2013

Now that you’ve waited in line in the wee hours after Thanksgiving to try to take advantage of all the Black Friday deals and then clicked your way to even more savings during Cyber Monday, today’s your chance to spend a little time and money on behalf of someone who might not even be on your shopping list this Christmas season.

Now in its second year, #GivingTuesday is “a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season,” according to a description at “In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday.”

After the orgy of consumerism that is the new hallmark of the post-Thanksgiving weekend, it seems quite fitting that a movement be launched to encourage folks to do something selfless with their time and money, and there are many deserving organizations right here in Suffolk that could benefit from your selflessness.

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We’d like to think the Suffolk News-Herald’s Cheer Fund, which raises money for Toys for Tots in Suffolk, would be on your list. The fund helped buy toys for more than 5,000 Suffolk children last year, and more are expected to be served this year. If you’d like to help, call 934-9616 for details.

But there are also other deserving nonprofit organizations in Suffolk that could use your help, and the folks at Windsor’s Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. set a great precedent last week with their announcement of $58,000 worth of grants to four different nonprofit organizations — the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater and The Children’s Center.

Each of those groups does great work to improve the lives of people in Suffolk and the rest of Western Tidewater, and each would benefit greatly from area citizens becoming engaged in its mission through gifts of time and money. Each of them can be found through a simple Web search, if you find yourself inclined to help out.

And if none of those five ideas work for you, there are scores of other nonprofit groups in Suffolk that could use your help. From the Ruritans to Riddick’s Folly, from the SCCA to the SEF and from the Suffolk Humane Society to the American Cancer Society, the possibilities to help are almost limitless.

So kick off the season of giving by giving something truly sacrificial. Take part today in #GivingTuesday.