CEDAR RAPIDS — This GivingTuesday, Families Helping Families of Iowa will celebrate giving by raising funds to buy shoes for children in foster care.
GivingTuesday, taking place Dec. 3, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilize to show up, give back and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.
At Families Helping Families of Iowa, this year’s GivingTuesday campaign is called GivingShoesDay. FHF joined the GivingTuesday movement to bring awareness to the number of children in foster care in the State of Iowa, many of whom are removed from their homes with just the clothes on their back.
“Our goal on GivingShoesDay is to raise enough funds to provide 100 of Iowa’s foster children with a brand-new pair of shoes,” stated Melissa Carlson, executive director of Families Helping Families of Iowa.
“When GT launched in the US in 2012, we believed that technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral,” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder. “We believed in the idea that people fundamentally want to give and to talk about giving; and that the social sector had the capacity to show more innovative leadership, creativity, and collaboration. People and organizations around the world proved us right. As we prepare for Dec. 3, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity. The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal.”
For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website www.givingtuesday.org, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday or follow @GivingTuesday and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.