‘Giving Tuesday’ a chance to do good

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HOUSTON, TX-- So you made it through Black Friday and clicked your way through Cyber Monday. But don't close that wallet just yet. Today is #GivingTuesday.

It's a tradition started three years ago by the United Nations and a Jewish community center in Manhattan. But with Twitter and social media, it's gone viral.

Giving Tuesday is a chance for folks to donate money, time, and even blood for those who need a helping hand.

We found three ladies doing their part at Target. "We were buying toys for children as a project from our church," says Nancy Blurton, "There are a lot charities around that send out wish lists." Nancy's friend Chrissy interjects, "We get to pick out the clothing piece by piece and pick out the games and ooh and ahh and have a good time."

Charities say donations this time of year really make a difference. "'Giving Tuesday' is a really important day here for us at the Houston SPCA, as a non-profit entirely funded by donations," says Brian Latham, that organization's VP of advancement and communications. "Each adoption comes with about $400 worth of services that we've provided here, including a spay or neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations and a complete medical analysis." So, he says, every penny helps.

If you want to help out the pets and people at the Houston SPCA, you can donate online at HoustonSPCA.org. Each dollar given (Tuesday through December 31st) will be matched by a private donor. Gift matching is something many charities set up for Giving Tuesday, making donations twice as effective.

But if you prefer to make your donations in person, look for one of the many Salvation Army buckets with the bell ringers around town.

A wise dude once said it's better to give than receive. This is one day where that gift keeps on giving!