Happy Holidays everyone! This is the season for giving and I think we can all agree that teaching our children to give is very important. We are all human, as much as we want to give sometimes we easily just become bystanders. What is a bystander? Well, have you ever watched the news and seen a segment on something just terrible? Most of us just say "Oh, what a tragedy"! and then flip the channel and do nothing about this terrible situation that we just saw. Why? Because most of the time we assume that someone else is going to step in and take care of the situation. This phenomenon is called bystander apathy.
Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year that is December 2nd 2014. Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful for what we have, and spending time with our family and friends. Somewhere along the way the spirit of true giving was lost and it was replaced with a media frenzy of Black Friday sales, and the notion that chaotic stores and low prices can make giving a cheap gift seem like something truly special. Giving Tuesday's goal is to remind everyone that true giving comes with no expectations. Helping a family in need or donating to a cause is a real true gift that could help change someones life. GiveForward is a website that helps connect people in need to people who want to help! You can choose to help anyone from a church or temple, to a child with cancer or an accident victim that needs help with daily survival. You can click here to see all of the GiveForward Campaigns or if you know someone that needs help this site could help them!
There is one very special cause on GiveForward as I write this post. Andrew Shah is an adorable boy who has Cancer. The Shah family has incurred $21,000 in out of pocket medical bills because their insurance refused to pay for several treatments ordered by Andrew's cancer doctors after he had already gotten the treatments. Not only is this very stressful for the family, but they know if they don't pay they could very well be turned down for more treatments for their son. This is a very hard time for the family and every little bit counts. No young child should have to live with cancer, but since we can't help take away the cancer, we can at least help make his life a little happier. So far they have raised $3,736 out of the $21,000. There have already been 50 donations so let's see if we can help them reach their goal! CLICK HERE to help this family on Giving Tuesday this year.