The first annual Giving Tuesday, a day on which you can give back to people who need it after spending a few days shelling out some dough on holiday gifts, is today. Today, according to the GT website, “charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving.” And while literally any gift or donation to any place of your choosing will do, check out some local (and non-local) charities specifically participating today after the jump.
>>> The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is conducting a one-day drive to raise $10,000 for transportation associated with its summer children’s programs. The goal is to get 200 donors to sponsor school bus seats at $50 each.
>>> Occupy Sandy NJ and Philly Distribution Hub (very cleverly) set up a wedding registry page for some supplies to help in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts over here.
>>> The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has launched a new text-to-give campaign as part of Giving Tuesday. You can give a $5 donation to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts by texting the word KIMMEL to 20222.
>>> PathWays PA, a group that supports and helps provide for women and children who have been victims of abuse, is taking donations here.
>>> Sink or Swim Philadelphia is raising money to help the uninsured pay for medical expenses.
>>> We Feed The Homeless Philly, Inc. is asking for help bringing awareness to the plight of homelessness in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
>>> LIFT-Philadelphia is looking for people to sponsor families and help them, “chart the path to stability and well-being.”
>>> On the international food front: You can give emergency food to starving children around the world, help give a community garden to refugees from other countries in the U.S., and give cookstoves to people displaced by decades of war in Afghanistan.
Of course, there are a ton more worthy causes, so feel free to find a few more over here and leave your favorite causes and charities in the comments.