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#GivingTuesday Encourages Helping Out Local Charities

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#GivingTuesday is in its fourth year. #GivingTuesday is in its fourth year.

NBC RIGHT NOW- The Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday is #GivingTuesday, which encourages people to give to charities in need. 

#GivingTuesday is basically a social media campaign that encourages people to give back.  This is only the fourth year and it continues to grow.  Started by New York's 92nd street Y in 2012, it is now everywhere.  #GivingTuesday uses social media to push people to support local charities, businesses, non-profits, and even families.  

It is purposely put after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days.

My Friend's Place, a local teen shelter in Kennewick, is an example of organizations people can support on #GivingTuesday. 

"The community support keeps our shelter open.  We rely so heavily on our community and we're so thankful for all the support we get.  Whether it's donations or volunteering, anybody can stop by at anytime for a tour and pick up our winter wish list," said Heather Shindehite, Supervisor at My Friend's Place. 

Other examples of some local organizations people can give to that reached out to us for #GivingTuesday are Ignite Youth Mentoring in the Tri-Cities and the YMCA in Yakima. 

To learn more about #GivingTuesday, just look up hashtag online or click here for the website.