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Sponsored by giving: A look at what giving Tuesday means to us by Lianna Norman

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday; but what about Giving Tuesday? For those who may be unaware, Giving Tuesday takes place on the first Tuesday of December every year and is a day geared toward re-concentrating some of the money flowing so abundantly into the commercial world around this time of year. This redirection of consumer attention works to focus on those less fortunate during the Christmas season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 and has rocketed into partnerships with the likes of Paypal and Facebook.

But what does Giving Tuesday mean to us?

“Giving Tuesday, in our eyes, was something that we never even knew about to be honest. Until now,” Ron Armstrong, [Executive Director] of Sponsored by Grace explained what the holiday has done for us. “It started by a conversation that led to execution.”

But we aren’t talking about missions that are a plane ride away. This national holiday has helped Sponsored by GRACE give kids in Jacksonville a place to sleep other than their floor this Christmas. This Giving Tuesday, Sponsored by GRACE was overwhelmed with support. We were able to provide six bunk beds for kids in the Vista Landing neighborhood.

“The biggest thing we want to continue to bring to people’s attention right here in our city is how hard it is for families and children not even twenty miles away from our own home,” Ron said. “A simple twenty-dollar donation made a life difference for children going from sleeping on the floor, to a child now sleeping on a bed.”

So, Sponsored by GRACE spent Monday, Dec. 2, promoting the local kids of Vista Landing. The next day, the love of our community came pouring in. Some people even donated the evening before. By the time Tuesday came to a close, just over fifteen hundred dollars was raised in one day.

Why were we able to do this? Because of you. “It took the community of Jacksonville to believe in what we’re doing,” Ron explained. “Awareness is our biggest thing we are trying to bring to people in our city to show that you don’t just need to travel across the world to go on mission.”We aren’t trying to fix anything here, we’re just trying to use the tools that God has given us to show love to our neighbors. We are our community, and we are called to look out for each other. Because of our community doing just this, twelve kids moved from floors to beds.

That is community, that is the glue that is the love of our God.

“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14

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