After 'Cyber Monday' comes 'Giving Tuesday'

- Cyber Monday is all about shopping.  But Tuesday is all about giving.

'Giving Tuesday' is a pretty new concept -- just a few years old -- but it's catching on all across the country, including here in the Bay Area.  

So, what is Giving Tuesday?  It's a global movement that started as a hashtag in 2012.  The goal is to encourage holiday shoppers to donate money to charities.  More than 30,000 groups in 68 countries have participated, and it's generated more than 750,000 hashtag mentions on social media since its inception.

Metropolitan Ministries is one of the local charities asking for help on Giving Tuesday.  As a part of their initiative, the non-profit is promoting the hashtags "#GivingTuesday" and "#Unselfie" to spread the word about their cause. 

People are encouraged to use the hashtags on social media along with their own "unselfies"- photos of their faces covered by a sign that reads, "I’m giving on #GivingTuesday. #Unselfie."

FOX 13 is proud to partner with Metropolitan Ministries this year to help the charity provide for thousands of families.  Metropolitan Ministries has a goal of filling 2,500 plates a day up until December 24th.

You can donate online or you can donate food and toys to the Metropolitan Ministries donation locations  in person:

TAMPA: The main tent in Tampa has moved to a new location in the downtown area on 905 N. Governor Street

PASCO: 3214 U.S. Highway 19 North in Holiday.

PINELLAS: Taking It To The Street Ministries, located at 7320 47th Street in Pinellas Park.

LINK: Learn more about Giving Tuesday

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