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Charities gear up for ‘Giving Tuesday’

By Lauren Maxwell 7:40 PM December 2, 2013

They hope to make it as big as Black Friday

ANCHORAGE – Businesses may be battling for your bucks on Cyber Monday, but nonprofits are gearing up for an event they call “Giving Tuesday.” Now in its second year, Giving Tuesday is a nationwide effort to counter the effects of consumerism by doing something for someone else.

Michele Brown with United Way Anchorage says you can donate to a charity online or find an organization in your neighborhood that could use some help.

“It’s about creating opportunities in your community, “ Brown said. While you filled your shopping basket on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, on Giving Tuesday you can fill your heart with joy because you are making a stronger community.”

United Way of Anchorage publishes a holiday guide with ideas on how to give and where to volunteer. Brown said it’s a great way for individuals and families to make a contribution to their community. You can find it at www.liveunitedanchorage.org

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