We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
You don't have to give a million dollars to a homeless man or save a damsel in distress to be a hero. It's time to get out there and do something nice for somebody else.
To inspire your service efforts, here are nine superb examples of people whose small act of kindness went a long way:
Cory Kalanick's heroic efforts went viral on YouTube after he rescued a small kitten from a burning house. Although the kitten later passed away, Kalanick's care was evidence of his dedication to even the smallest of victims.
John and Linda are examples of what true love is all about. According to NBC News, Linda had a stroke and lost her ability to read. So everyday, her boyfriend John takes her to Starbucks and quizzes her on letters in order to help her regain her memory.
Gage Hancock-Stevens always wanted to be a policeman. As a result of a brain tumor, he lost his sight, but that didn't keep him from losing his hope. In conjunction with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Bellevue Police Department in Washington, he was able to spend a day in uniform, fulfilling his dreams.
Disneyland security guard, Freddie Wieczorek, is often seen asking kids in costumes for their autographs as they enter the magical kingdom. In an interview with Today.com, he remarked, "Every time I see a princess leaving from that signature or when I just tell them, 'You look so pretty,' I see them skipping. Then I know I just made their day. And the pirates, the same thing. When they 'Awwwr,' it's very special."
When 9-year-old Boden Fuchs got separated from his group during the Jeff Drenth Memorial 5K, he turned to Marine Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr to help him. Kerr dropped back from his own group to finish the race with Boden and made sure he found his family once they passed the finish line.
After the Boston Marathon bombing, this Boston police officer quickly became famous after a picture of him delivering milk to a family with young children went viral on Twitter. The family was unable to go to the grocery store, because the city was on lockdown.