#GivingTuesday: It’s not about your turkey leftovers!

#GivingTuesday is not for “giving away” your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. Nope, it’s about you and I joining the masses of kind-hearted folks giving together online! Think of it as global crowdsourced kindness.

Originally, the Gates Foundation created Giving Tuesday as a response to Cyber Monday and Black Friday. I like this new holiday as it shifts the primary focus of our spending from our own needs towards the needs of others. So, Giving Tuesday is a special day where you and I can join forces and change the world by donating online to our favorite charities.

Think of all the money spent over #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday and how much good we can do together if we instead collect our “savings” and donate it to our favorite charities like Share Our Strength‘s #NoKidHungry initiative, which does a wonderful job of raising awareness and fighting childhood hunger.

This year Tyson Foods is the proud sponsor of the #NoKidHungry Holiday Give-A-Thon and will match your donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 USD. How cool is that?! So now your #GivingTuesday donation dollars go farther: double in fact!

1 in 5 children in America go to bed hungry. We can CHANGE that stat ASAP.

Who:     YOU, your friends and me!

What:    Support #NoKidHungry on #GivingTuesday!
1.  Join the #ThunderClap
2.  Donate to No Kid Hungry!

              Every dollar you donate will be matched by Tyson Foods, up to $25,000! 

When:  #GivingTuesday is all day on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
The Thunderclap event is at 12:00 p.m. EST, tomorrow, 12/3.

Where:   Online http://nokidhungry.org/givingtuesday

Why:       Today is our day to make a difference in the lives of young children that are hungry, right here in America. Do your part and join with us to eradicate hunger this holiday!

Thank you!

If we all did a little something

Here’s a message to my fellow Tyson Foods Team Members:

 There are 115,000 of us on the Tyson Foods Team. All of us make a living because a lot of folks out there can afford to buy our food. But for more than 50 million Americans—17 million of them children—being able to afford food is not a done deal.

That’s why it makes sense for us as a company to help out. And why our sole national philanthropic effort is around hunger relief.

There are 115,000 of us. If each and every one of us did a little something to help feed our neighbors in need, we could make a big impact. Doesn’t have to be much: Contribute to a few things to a food drive. Volunteer at a local food bank. Get involved in your location’s KNOW Hunger campaign!

In the last eleven years, we’ve become known as a leader in the issue of hunger relief.   What are you doing to contribute?