Giving Tuesday serves as reminder of charity season

By: Heather Hegedus

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BOSTON - People around the world come together to give back to their communities on what has become known as Giving Tuesday.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is set aside to donate or otherwise do what you can for those around you.

During a season focused so much on spending for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday has become a way to put that money to meaningful use.

At the Greater Boston Food Bank, FOX25 caught up with Fidelity employees taking time out of their busy day to help sort food headed to pantries and soup kitchens in 190 local cities and towns.

“I really wasn't aware how much of a big impact it was going to have, but a couple of hours goes a long way for the people that need it,” Fidelity financial representative Jeff Toutin said.

#GivingTuesday was trending all over the web and organizations used social media to make their cases for why you should to donate to them.

John Hancock asked for donations for people running for charities in next year's marathon and the organization founded in memory of marathon victim Martin Richard is asking for you to consider their charity, MR8.

Giving Tuesday was created four years ago by a cultural center in New York City as an unofficial kickoff to the charitable giving season.

“This is a time in the winter where people are choosing between eating and paying their heating bills that the need increases,” Greater Boston Food Bank vice president Suzanne Battit said.

Four years later, organizations are setting their fundraising goals high for the day high.

The Jimmy Fund -- the fundraising arm for Dana Farber in Boston -- says four years ago, they didn't set a goal.

This year, their goal is to raise $1 million just on this one day. And while that may sound like a lot, that's actually only a small portion of the money they raise in a year.

“That's a lot of money, but we do raise over $200 million per year at Dana Farber and that's through all of our events,” representative Stacy Joseph said.

Last year, more than a $46 million was raised for charities worldwide through Giving Tuesday and many local organizations have matching donation programs for the day.

For example, Webster Bank is matching all donations made to the Greater Boston Food Bank. SO a $10 donation will be matched and will really be a $20 donation that will pay for 60 meals instead of 30.

You can donate here for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

You can donate here for the Jimmy Fund.

If you aren't able to donate money, the Red Cross is looking for blood donations as well

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