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Giving Tuesday: A New Day to Make the Holiday Season More Charitable

On the heels of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a national initiative to get you thinking about nonprofit charities. We've compiled a list of charities based near you.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are gone, and likely are your food comas and midnight spending sprees.

So why not spend Tuesday giving back, with donations of money or support to charities based in Los Angeles County as part of a national initiative called Giving Tuesday

Founded by New York-based community center 92Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday is meant to supercharge nonprofit organizations during the holidays.

We've compiled a list of Giving Tuesday partner organizations near you. For a full list of partnering organizations and complete details about the Giving Tuesday initiative, visit givingtuesday.org.

We are on the threshold of the holiday shopping season—also called the season of giving—and Giving Tuesday wants the act of giving to go viral.

Tag your applicable tweets with #GivingTuesday and follow the initiative on Twitter, Facebook, Pintrest, YouTube and Tumblr.

Are Black Friday and Cyber Monday traditions that you participate in, or are you more of a Buy Nothing Day, counter-culture kind of person? Will you likely make Giving Tuesday a regular thing? Let us know in the comments section.

Here are the Giving Tuesday partner nonprofits based in Los Angeles County:

Chris Rodriguez November 27, 2012 at 02:43 PM
We're excited to participate in #GivingTuesday at Tykoon (http://tykoon.com). We're raising awareness about the growing number of homeless youth. Please be sure that you all give something today - whether it's actual goods, or money, or time, or a social media post, or even just a smile!
Elizabeth Nazarian November 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I've been thinking of ways to give back. Any specifics your organization needs (Tykoon)? What ages are the homeless youth you are assisting? Thanks.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Elizabeth: I working overtime in being asked to cease and desist because I write so much...but I will tell you the best thing to give: your friendship, if only for an hour. Visit with a homeless youth..ask him to tell his story. A gift of food or money will be forgotten, the gift of your presence and interest may well never be forgotton. Have a nice Holiday Season. b
Alison Johnson November 27, 2012 at 05:01 PM
ChapCare medical clinics are right next door to Altadena: one on North Fair Oaks, a block and a half below Woodbury; one on North Lake, at the corner of Woodbury; and one on Del Mar Avenue in east Pasadena. We're a non-profit community clinic that serves low-income and uninsured patients. We appreciate donations at any time, but at this holiday season, we are asking for collections of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-18 to distribute at our second annual ChapCare Holiday Extravaganza. We employees will be hosting a holiday event for our patients and Santa will be here to distribute gifts to the low-income children of our community. If you would like to bring a toy (or two, or three!), please bring it to ChapCare at 1855 North Fair Oaks Avenue, First Floor, Room 120; Pasadena CA 91103 Thanks in advance... and in the immortal words of another low-income child: "God Bless Us, Every One!"
The MOG November 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Not just youth, entire families! We all know about Homeless Veterans. What people don't realize is the growing number of Female Vets joining the ranks of the Homeless. The President Of The US has never addressed the problem of poverty, especially among minorities, which currently are at record highs, with no hope in sight. So, as both major parties work to shift resorces towards subsidizing the lifestyles of the Middle Class, and Top Wage Earners, We The People are left to tend to ourselves. What then are we to do, as the Poor become more and more invisible in our society? The only thing we can do, is lend a hand in helping each other whenever and wherever the need presents itself. See a panhandler working a fast food place? Will it kill you to buy an extra $1.29 burger for the cause? Cold weather is here, got a winter coat you can spare? I can remember many acts of giving, and kindness from Good Samaritans over the years I was down and out. Government isn't the answer. WE are!
Dwain Wilson November 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
If you want to support local kids helping others, please check out the service projects launched by students in Wildwoods Foundation programs. From helping Hurricane Sandy victims and homeless women and children in Echo Park, to after-school tutoring in Venice, these students are giving back to make their world a better place. http://goo.gl/8XRSR
Mary-Ann Neri November 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
WeSpark for cancer patients in Sherman Oaks. Also The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Burbank. They are collecting clothes and other items from the 1980s and earlier for a vintage event next year.
vicki anderholt November 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM
It would be especially wonderful also to support your local animal shelter. Agoura Shelter is very easy to support through MPC (Malibu Pet Companions) They fund-raise to medically help the animals at the shelter that the shelter often cannot afford to give medical care to. Please consider donating to MPC. www.malibupetcompanions.org SIncerely, vicki anderholt Bunny volunteer at Agoura Shelter
Christal Smith November 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
You forgot one of the few – if not the only – LA organization that isn’t even asking for money! Just Detention International is inviting its supporters to send holiday cards to prisoners who suffered sexual abuse behind bars. Visit http://www.justdetention.org/en/words-of-hope.aspx . 140 characters could just save a life!
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 01:47 AM
@Christal-What a great one! Is there a way for folks to help after today too?
Hermosa Beach Youth Music November 28, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Local kids playing music can also use help! The Hermosa Beach Public Schools do not have music in their curriculum. A non profit was established to keep music at the school as an after-school program. You can check it out at www.hbym.org Thanks!
Erin Malone November 28, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Please consider a local charity I work for..Child S.H.A.R.E. While Child S.H.A.R.E. hires no caseworkers and receives no government funding, we have established a track record of success for children in the foster care system. Stability: 2 out of 3 children placed in foster care in a Child S.H.A.R.E. home stay with the same family until they are reunited with relatives or adopted. Permanency: since 2002, 1 in 5 children in foster care placed in Child S.H.A.R.E. homes are adopted; almost double the southern California average. Nearly 500 children have been adopted by Child S.H.A.R.E. families. Child S.H.A.R.E. launched the nation's first program to support American Sign Language fluent (ASL) homes for children in foster care who are deaf. Over 553 deaf and deaf-related children have been placed in ASL fluent Child S.H.A.R.E. homes. How You Can Help Donate directly to Child S.H.A.R.E. through PayPal (http://childshare.org/donate/) or mail a check to 1544 West Glenoaks Blvd. Glendale, CA 91201 Order a Christmas card that we will send out in someone's honor for the holidays with a donation of $10 or more by clicking here: http://childshare.org/donate/store/holiday-cards/ Donate a new toy or teddy bear for the Child S.H.A.R.E. Christmas parties. Toys can be dropped off at Child S.H.A.R.E. Glendale & Santa Ana Offices Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. You can also shop via our Target registry by clicking here: http://bit.ly/UpRzf4

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