First there was Black Friday, then there was Cyber Monday. Now there is a movement to create a new holiday called “Giving Tuesday.”
Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the event encourages people to support nonprofit organizations through charitable activities at the start of the holiday season.
Luckily, there are many ways you can help in Charlestown and around the city of Boston. Here are just a few opportunities to reach out this holiday season:
• The Animal Rescue League of Boston is accepting donations to help their cause of rescuing animals and preventing animal cruelty, abandonment and neglect. Buy an ornament in honor of your pet for their holiday tree or give directly at www.arlboston.org/donate.
• Several places around Charlestown are hosting collection bins for the U.S. Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots holiday drive. Drop off your donations now through Dec. 15 at the Teamsters Local 25 union hall, 544 Main St., or through Dec. 18 at Hair Cuttery, 5 Austin St.
• Olivia Browning in Charlestown will donate 50 percent of each appointment fee during a special event on Dec. 4 to a project that buys toys for local children. To participate, schedule an appointment with a Bobbi Brown makeup artist between 4 and 8 p.m. that day.
• Durty Harry is collecting gently used dog toys (beds, collars, etc.) at its locations in Charlestown and Brookline to donate to Don't Throw Us Away, a nonprofit that helps stray dogs assimilate into a human relationship by training them with inmates in the Massachusetts prison system until they are ready for adoption. Donations are being accepted until Dec. 22.
• The Glen Doherty Foundation is accepting donations to help them provide scholarships, subsidies, grants and gifts for special operations professionals and their families. The organization was started in memory of Glen Doherty, one of four Americans killed in an attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 12, 2012. His father, Ben Doherty, is a Charlestown resident.
• Every year, the Harvest on Vine Food Pantry distributes Thanksgiving baskets to about 600 families in the area. You can help them cover the costs of the baskets by sending donations to: Harvest on Vine Food Pantry, Thanksgiving Baskets, St. Mary - St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, 46 Winthrop St. Charlestown, MA 02129. Donations can also be dropped off at the parish office.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is looking for volunteer mentors and also accepts donations to support their programs. As a Big Brother or Big Sister, you spend time with a young person from the area for a few hours, a couple times each month. For more information on how to volunteer or donate to BBBSMB, visit http://www.bbbsmb.org/GetInvolved/Default.aspx.
Know of some other places in the neighborhood or around Boston where you can give back this holiday season? Tell us in the comments or tweet @CharlestwnPatch with the hashtag #givingTuesday.