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You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 in New York City and has spread around the United States. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both all about shopping and getting the best deal on gifts (and stuff we want too), Giving Tuesday is all about helping area non-profit organizations.

Giving Tuesday found its way to Lubbock in 2015 in a partnership with Alstrom Angels and The Community Foundation of West Texas. According to The Community Foundation of West Texas website, Giving Tuesday is meant to be, "a community transformation project to benefit all charities serving Lubbock and West Texas citizens. #GivingTuesdayWTX is a day dedicated to bringing West Texas together to celebrate generosity and to make giving history for local charities. Let's come together to GIVE BIG and help all nonprofits do even more good in our community!"

United Supermarkets is also a huge partner in Giving Tuesday. Since November 27th, United Supermarkets has had a register campaign for Giving Tuesday. All shoppers have to do is add a donation of any amount to their purchase at the register. Shoppers can also add a donation while shopping online with StreetSide. The register campaign runs through December 6th at all United Supermarket, Market Street, and Amigo locations.

The Community Foundation of West Texas has said that 53 area non-profit organizations have joined for this year's Giving Tuesday with a collective goal of raising $250,000.

So how can you help? First, you can stop by any United Supermarkets location and ask to donate on Tuesday. Or you can visit the Giving Tuesday page of the Community Foundation of West Texas and donate there.

Our non-profit organizations have been impacted, like everyone else, during the coronavirus pandemic. Most have been forced to cancel fundraisers and events that they count on throughout the year to fund their work. Giving Tuesday is a great time to help our non-profit organizations that do so much good work in our community.

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