NJ residents give back in spirit of ‘Giving Tuesday’

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Many New Jerseyans performed acts of kindness to get into the spirit of “Giving Tuesday.”

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 as a way to counter the commercialization and consumerism involved in post-Thanksgiving traditions such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Organizers say that the day is to remind people to donate some time or money to their favorite charities during the holiday season.

The Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle donation drive on Giving Tuesday. About 4,000 bell ringers headed out with the goal of raising $2 million for the organization. U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team star and New Jersey native Carly Lloyd attended the event to celebrate the kickoff.

Many charities say that people should share on social media when they make donations or perform acts of kindness, because the posts may inspire others to donate their time to help those who are less fortunate.

Many New Jersey residents were already getting into the spirit of giving before the official Giving Tuesday event. An anonymous man paid off $11,000 worth of layaway orders for customers at the Cherry Hill Toys R Us.

Meanwhile, a South Jersey homeless man received over $300,000 in donations after he gave his last $20 to help a woman in need.

The Giving Tuesday website has a list of local charities to which people can donate.

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