Mark Your Calendars for Giving Tuesday

I have a confession to make – I have never participated in any post-Thanksgiving, Black Friday-related shopping frenzy activities. Almost every year, Thanksgiving has meant a trip to my grandparents hundreds of miles away in Northern California. When I was a little girl we quite literally went “over the river and through the woods” to get to their home, as the song says. There was nowhere to line up and rush the doors for the first great deal on Friday morning. The closest we might get would be a stroll down the main street of the nearest small town and a few artisan-made purchases at locally owned businesses.

1482 Almost four decades later, I’m lucky enough to still be able to go visit grandma every Thanksgiving, and even as she has moved closer to major cities the family still hasn’t embraced the Black Friday festivities. We didn’t develop that bargain hunting instinct that so many have. But we do love giving gifts to one another, to friends and co-workers. That’s why the idea of Giving Tuesday makes perfect sense to me. Giving Tuesday was started by nonprofit organizations hoping to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It has been embraced by the United Nations and this year Kidspace has joined a coalition of arts organizations and museums here in Los Angeles hoping to spread the word about this idea and inspire action.

1483 Giving Funds Programs for Kids!Whether you brave the lines for Black Friday or scroll your favorite online shopping sites (much more my speed) for Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday will seem comparatively easy. You know what charities and nonprofits you believe in. I’m sure you don’t even have to think twice. And you probably know the ones that your friends and family members support and care about. On Giving Tuesday, you visit those organization’s websites and you make a donation, you give them a gift. Maybe you make a gift in honor or memory of someone else. You know they need it and will put it to good use. A gift from you lets that nonprofit know that you believe in them, you know they can use your support, and you want them to succeed.

Hopefully, if you’re reading this it means one of those organizations is Kidspace. And a gift from you to us this Giving Tuesday would mean the world. We love what we are able to do for children and families, and we need your encouragement to do more. We would be very thankful to be a part of your holiday season. Make a Gift to Kidspace Children's Museum

I’m looking forward to my annual Thanksgiving trip this week. And I’m looking forward to making this holiday season a season of giving. I hope you will join me on Giving Tuesday! Learn about SoCal Museums participation in #GivingTuesday.

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Erica Blodgett, Director of Development, joined Kidspace in 2012.  She holds a master’s degree in Development Management and served as the Development and Communications Director for the Violence Intervention Program prior to joining the Museum.