5 Fun Ideas for Families This Giving Tuesday

Dedicated to giving back, Giving Tuesday is a global movement encouraging individuals, charities and businesses to donate time, money or their voice to help a good cause.

After the in-store madness of Black Friday and the online spending splurge of Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day where people from all over the world can collectively come together and give something back.

To help get you inspired to join this global celebration of generosity, here are 5 fun ideas for you and your family to get involved:

1. Ransack Your Kitchen Cupboards

We all buy things that we never end up eating, and all this perfectly good food ends up sitting in the back of our kitchen cupboards gathering dust. Enlist the help of your family to ransack the cupboards and collect any non-perishable food that you haven’t eaten in the last month (or the last few months), then together you can take everything to your local food pantry or shelter where you can donate the goods to those in need. Just make sure to check and see that the item hasn’t expired, won’t soon expire and hasn’t been opened.

2. Treasure Hunt

We’re all guilty of collecting too much stuff in our homes, much of which we rarely (or never) even use. We buy new items, box up the old ones, and store them away in the garage, attic, or basement, never to see the light of day again. Why not clear out the clutter and give to people who will actually benefit from it? From kitchen tools, dishes, crockery and mugs, to bedding, toys, school supplies, and books, all of these things can be donated to local programs that help set up families in new homes.

3. Hold a Yard Sale

If you don’t know any programs in your area that help families set up in their new homes, another great idea to make the most of all your unwanted stuff from your family treasure hunt is to host a yard sale (if your local weather allows, of course). Once you know what you want to sell, make a few simple signs using cardboard and a black marker to help advertise the sale and let people know where to find you, and stick them up around your neighborhood.

Get the whole family to join in by delegating responsibilities such as pricing the items for sale, managing the money and packaging them. Donate the money you raise to one of your favorite organizations.

4. Skip The Extras

For the next week, you and your family could take a challenge to skip the extras and donate all of the money you save to charity. Simply make a conscious effort to skip out on those after school treats, luxury ice creams, or lunchtime coffees, put the money you would’ve spent into a jar, and watch it mount up. You’ll be amazed at how much money will be in the jar after just one week, and this money can be donated to those who need it for their food essentials over the holiday period. This is also a great way to teach your kids about the value of money, being thankful for what they have, and the joy that can come from giving.

5. Pledge to Give Your Time

Money and physical possessions are not the only thing of value that you can give. Many charities and programs are also in need of volunteers who are willing to give their time. As busy as you may be, pledging some of your time to help a worthy cause will make a big difference to those in need. If there are no events or programs that need volunteers today, why not let Giving Tuesday inspire you to pledge your time to help out in the near future. Take this opportunity to pick up the phone or send an email, offering your time to a local charity or community project.

How are you giving back this Giving Tuesday? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Parker Knight


Glennis Whitney
Glennis W4 years ago

Thanks for all the ideas.

Margarita G.
Margarita G4 years ago


Keith H.
Keith H4 years ago

Thank you

Marc P.
Marc P4 years ago

Thank you!

JOSE Honr4 years ago

Thanks for yhe ideas.

ERIKA S4 years ago

noted,thank you

Catrin S.
Catrin S4 years ago


Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard4 years ago

thank you

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Janet B.
Janet B4 years ago