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The days following Thanksgiving are usually dedicated to shopping as the holiday season officially kicks off with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But did you know that the Tuesday after turkey day is a day to do good?

The global Giving Tuesday movement was created in 2012 to encourage people to do good in their communities. The goal is to inspire generosity around the world, which can be done by donating, volunteering or simply using your voice.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, for the past nine years, Giving Tuesday has become a way for supporters to show their kindness by making life-changing donations to cancer research. The community has helped the cancer center raise close to $300,000.

Maria Muller, president of the Moffitt Foundation

Maria Muller, President of the Moffitt Foundation

“Giving Tuesday, the national day of giving, is a day where the world stops and comes together for one major cause, which is generosity,” said Maria Muller, president of the Moffitt Foundation

This year, the Foundation will kick off its Giving Tuesday celebration with a matching gift from a generous donor.

“For nearly a decade, Moffitt’s supporters have been celebrating each Giving Tuesday by making donations to support Moffitt’s life-saving initiatives,” Muller said. “This year, one of Moffitt’s donors has pledged to match donations made up to $50,000 on Giving Tuesday. This is an amazing opportunity to make a life-changing donation to support cancer research.”

Promoted mainly over social media platforms the past eight years, the global movement has grown, inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. 

While some may choose to give money during Giving Tuesday, there are multiple ways to participate. This includes using social media to spread the word about your favorite cause, volunteering your time or talent, donating goods or supplies, and showing gratitude to those around you. 

Giving Tuesday reminds us of the importance of a common goal: building a world where generosity is part of everyday life. 

To learn more about Giving Tuesday or to make a gift to Moffitt, click here.