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LETTER: Get out and give for #GivingTuesday

To the Editor: This year, on Dec. 1, the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give -- the 2015 iteration will...

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To the Editor:

This year, on Dec. 1, the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give - the 2015 iteration will be held on Dec. 1. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners - nonprofits, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals - to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

#GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment

dedicated to giving around the world.

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Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours and activities that bring about real change in communities.

We invite you to join the movement this Dec. 1. Some ideas include:

1. Get your workplace and local government officials, nonprofits and small businesses involved in #GivingTuesday. Encourage them to officially sign up as partners on www.givingtuesday.org and to organize a campaign that promotes a cause or charity that is meaningful to them.

2. Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join the email list by visiting www.givingtuesday.org/join to receive updates, event invitations and the latest graphics and tools to share on your social channels.

3. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.

4. Localize #GivingTuesday for your town, city or state. Many organizations have come together to build local #GivingTuesday campaigns in their neighborhoods.

There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to join the movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.

In recognition of Giving Tuesday, Mayor Jerry Toomey will issue a proclamation on Dec. 1.

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Cynthia Gregg

Mitchell

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