#GivingTuesdayCLT is Charlotte’s local #GivingTuesday effort, uniting 235 local nonprofits. Visit givingtuesdayclt.org through Nov. 28 to donate money, time or goods to help make Charlotte stronger.
We’re in the throws of a shopping frenzy. It likely started with 25 trips to Harris Teeter last week to prepare for ONE family meal. Thankfully, we most likely spent Thanksgiving with loved ones. Then, we likely survived Black Friday (or slept through it) and are eagerly watching our emails today for crazy good Cyber Monday deals. That’s great, but we probably need a shopping detox. Enter, Giving Tuesday!
Now in its sixth year, Giving Tuesday was created a way to counteract the consumerism of the days preceding it. This day is a day for communities to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
#GivingTuesdayCLT, Charlotte’s local Giving Tuesday effort which supports 235 nonprofits, wraps up Tuesday with a citywide celebration of GOOD. Last year, Charlotte was the No. 1 Giving Tuesday community in the world and we want to do it again. Tuesday, there will be opportunities all over town for you and your family to give in a variety of ways that work for you, including simply visiting GivingTuesdayCLT.org to easily donate money, pledge volunteer time or buy items for nonprofits from the Give Shop.
The American Red Cross and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte are partnering for a nine location, community-wide blood drive for #GivingTuesdayCLT! A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. Donors who roll up a sleeve at the #GivingTuesdayCLT Blood Drives can have an impact in fulfilling this need. Can we get 500 pints donated? We think so! Take your pick of nine participating YMCA of Greater Charlotte locations and save a life. (Ages 18+)
Puppies and Pizza and Panthers, Oh My!
From 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Google Fiber Charlotte (301 E. 7th St.) becomes #GivingTuesdayCLT World Headquarters! Stop by at any time to play with puppies from the American Pit Bull Foundation, assist with various on-site volunteer projects, enjoy complimentary lunch from Your Pie and a Panther or two will be stopping by. There will also be a custom cocktail courtesy of the Punch Bowl’s Bob Peters. (All ages)
Namaste’ For GOOD
Love yoga? Head to McColl Center for Art + Innovation from 6-9 p.m. where Yoga In Action will be hosting an evening of community-wide yoga featuring instructors Kiesha Battles, Johnna Smith and Debbie George. This event is free, but donations to #GivingTuesdayCLT will be encouraged. (All ages)
Adopt a Pet
The CMPD Animal Care & Control is waiving adoption fees in favor of a minimum $28 donation toward its Spay/Neuter fund + $10 required Mecklenburg county pet license (for pets four months and older). Adoption comes with vaccines, microchip and Spay/Neuter surgery. Visit the shelter (8315 Byrum Dr.) from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. to find your new best friend! (All ages)
Grab a Bite to Eat
You have to feed your family anyway, right? Visit one of many area restaurants on Giving Tuesday where a percentage of sales will be donated to a specific nonprofit participating in #GivingTuesdayCLT. Also, head to Brixx Pizza and order the Chicken Florentine where $3 from each pizza sold goes to the General Fund which gets divided between all participating nonprofits. (All ages)