Giving Tuesday Putting Joy into the Season

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You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even better is #GivingTuesday - a global rally for great giving today (December 2, 2014). I'm glad you all scored some great deals and we were happy to share them. But now, it's time to focus on the real meaning of the season.

#GivingTuesday encourages people to share their own giving stories and favorite giving moments or organizations. I'm sharing two of my favorite charities and telling you a little about why I love them AND I'm going to be participating in a fun twitter party today at 12noonET.

Here's where we choose to give. First let's talk about BabyBuggy.org. Four times a year the Momtrends team has a morning of service. We head to the NYC headquarters of Baby Buggy to sort and assembly donations. We take a HUGE mound of clothing like this...

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and turn it into tidy bundles for families in need. Designated community service organizations place "orders" with Baby Buggy by size--the clothes are ready and waiting. It's a great place to donate clothing and gear from your own family.

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Since you might not be able to volunteer tomorrow, there's another way to give. Use your social media powers. Blinkbuggy, the website and mobile app that is reinventing the “baby book,” has teamed up with Baby Buggy to launch the #GiveAMemory campaign. The social media campaign will support #GivingTuesday by asking people to share a memory with friends and family on social media with the hashtag #GiveAMemory. For every post made (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Blinkbuggy will donate $1 to Baby Buggy. Blinkbuggy has guaranteed a minimum donation of $5,000 to support this campaign. Blinkbuggy will donate an additional $1 to Baby Buggy for every #GiveAMemory social media post on #GivingTuesday above 5,000 shares and up to 10,000 shares for an added donation.

Follow Blinkbuggy on Instagram and Twitter @blinkbuggy Facebook: Facebook.com/Blinkbuggy

Follow Baby Buggy on Instagram and Twitter: @loverecycled Facebook: Facebook/Baby-Buggy

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Let's say you didn't get all your shopping done. Why not let your dollars do some extra good. For #GivingTuesday Shop the holiday gift guide from Every Mother Counts,“The Gift of Motherhood" (everymothercounts.org/shop).

EMC is the non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, founded by Christy Turlington Burns. Her organization has some amazing AND fashionable partners who are offering a big incentive to shop. Oiselle,Stella & DotDwell StudiosMinted, are offering Every Mother Counts 100% of proceeds received from each gift you purchase. The sales will help fund programs that improve access to critical maternal healthcare. For more information visit: everymothercounts.org.

This Thursday, I'll be joining Christy and the EMC to cycle for moms in need of maternal health care. If you're in NYC and want to join the SoulCycle ride, click here.

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Finally, you can join the global conversation on Twitter from 12-1pmET with the hashtag #GivingTuesday and following @GivingTues

Learn more at www.givingtuesday.org and click JOIN. Then plan some ways, big and small to make a difference!

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