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How 'Giving Tuesday' ushers in the holidays' charitable spirit

How 'Giving Tuesday' ushers in the holidays' charitable spirit

Joined by representatives of several local community organizations, Basran and others said giving can take many forms.

Today isn't just Tuesday, it's "Giving Tuesday" ― a day of charity styled after the far less charitable Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday that precede it. The special Giving Tuesday activities include the ability for companies to reserve time for employees to spend with Mud Bay kitten ambassadors for a $100 suggested donation.

The organization, givingtuesday.org, now in its sixth year, provides a list of 155 organizations in Louisville that are seeking donations Tuesday.

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"There are a lot of charities out there that use names that are strikingly similar to the names of organizations we all recognize", said Karin Kunstler-Goldman with the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau. When charities seek support for the same cause, their names are often similar.

If you are thinking about giving back, make sure you protect yourself from scammers. Donations can also be made via the United Way of Western Nebraska website (unitedwayofwesternnebraska.com) All donations received via Facebook have the added bonus of being matched dollar for dollar until the matching funds run out Tuesday. The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. Marketers have been known to exploit the holidays to make emotional pleas to donors. PAWS kittens will also be available for individual cuddle sessions for a $10 suggested donation. Participation in BBB WGA evaluations is voluntary.


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