Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoyed a good meal with friends and family. For many people, that big dinner was followed up with a full day of shopping on “Black Friday,” so named because retailers figure to be banking big receipts, keeping their balance sheets “in the black,” in financial parlance.
If fighting the throngs at the shopping malls isn’t your thing, perhaps you held out for today’s Internet deals. Online shopping has slowly gained a foothold in America’s pocketbook and is now so firmly entrenched as part of the culture that holiday deals are tailored for that niche shopper. For several years, “Cyber Monday” has been another mark-it-on-your-calendar holiday shopping date with great deals.
In a response to the slight possibility that the holiday season has become too commercialized, the philanthropists of the world united behind “Giving Tuesday.” Giving Tuesday was established in 2012 and has quickly mushroomed into a major giving initiative. Donations on this one day in 2015 tallied over $100 million!
As we transition to the traditional gift-giving holidays, we hope you enjoyed your bounty. As you know, many of our fellow citizens struggled to put food on their table for Thanksgiving. Others relied on churches or private charities to set a table for them.
After your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping is through, we hope you can spare a little to provide food for our friends in need. Every $1 you donate will put a meal on someone’s table. That’s a pretty good return on your investment! Please give generously, and as always, we thank you for your support.
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