Authored by: Gina Percival, Public Relations and Volunteer Coordinator at Salt Lake County Youth Services
The Holidays can get a little bit crazy. We all want to show appreciation to the people we love and it looks like everybody is trying to find the perfect gift, at the perfect price. That is why it is not uncommon to see people desperate to get their presents during Black Friday (that apparently has moved to Thursday evening) and CyberMonday. The opportunity couldn’t be better. Every store seems to have unbeatable deals.
However, Tuesday comes and it looks like the perfect time to give back. Fueled by social media and collaboration, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season inviting us to join the movement and provide something to someone else. Last year, over 700, 000 people participated on this crusade that got to raise 116,000,000 in 70 countries around the world. Anybody can make help to make a change. It doesn’t have to be anything major, especially when money seems to be running out. It can be giving some of your time, a donation, a gift, a simple but truthful gesture to any stranger. Anything counts.
Now, if you are wondering on how to contribute to the children and teens served by Salt Lake County Youth Services, here are some ideas:
1. Support the Angel Tree Giving Campaign: The Angel Giving Trees will be available inside the Salt Lake County Government Center North building atrium the community will be able to pick up an ornament that represents a special and needed gift for the children and the teenagers served by Salt Lake County Youth Services.
2. Donate to a charity: ShelterKids is a local non-profit organization that has been providing items to abused, neglected and at-risk teens served by Salt Lake County Youth Services.
3. Support Sub for Santa Campaign: Adopt a family in need and provide Christmas presents to its members.
4. Volunteer: We are calling for volunteers that want to help during the Holidays and all year long.
The only thing we need is your will. Your will to take this opportunity and give back. Your will to share your time and your smile. Your will to change the world, maybe by just sticking around these children and youth in need. Because believe or not, it’s that simple!