December 3, 2013
Giving Tuesday should be only the beginning
If you missed the opportunity to make a charitable donation on Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, never fear. The need is still there today and your check will be every bit as welcome.
If there is a community with a bigger heart than Issaquah’s, we’d like to meet it. It may be true that much of Issaquah’s population is well off enough to be able to write donation checks, but that doesn’t mean they have to.
Just last week, 2,419 people turned out for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s fourth annual Turkey Trot. That’s a few miles of running down the road — and runners actually paid for the privilege.
Is running with a crowd worth something? Probably not much, but the knowledge that the crowd is there to support a bigger cause is worth its weight in gold. The runners raised $35,000 to help ensure that local families on the other end of the financial spectrum will not go hungry this winter.
Giving Tuesday is a great day to raise awareness, to remind people that it’s time to write those end-of-year checks. There are so many local groups that depend on generosity to help them meet their mission.
The Issaquah Schools Foundation helps fund extra programs that make our schools better than average. The Seattle Humane Society wants spayed or neutered pets to find loving homes. Friends of Youth provides counseling to teens struggling to make sense of their lives. The mission at AtWork! is to help disabled adults find jobs.
The list of needs and good deeds is lengthy. You don’t need to send your check out of the country to know your contribution has made a difference.
Forget about Giving Tuesday. Let’s start a movement for Giving Week.