The New York Foundling is one New York-based group that is partnering with Unicef for #GivingTuesday to help children in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The group is dedicating all funds raised today to the Unicef relief and aid effort.
"Unicef is doing great work to help the children of the Philippines," said Bill Baccaglini, CEO of The New York Foundling, in a press release. For the past 144 years, we have worked to help children across New York, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving and #GivingTuesday, we are proud to partner and help support the world's children."
In the Phillipines more than 5 million children are in need, Baccaglini said, adding "The magnitude of this tragedy unites us in a human bond that transcends all borders."
As the hashtag in its name indicates, #GivingTuesday is not just a platform for fundraising for charities. It is the product of the social media age, a sponsorship of community and conversation about basic human values of caring for one another. In our earlier interview, Timms pointed out that the organization had already attracted attention from billionaires (including Bill Gates) and major corporations driving donations to their targeted causes, small business, local arts groups and average American families in conversation around the dinner table.
"We were always hoping to create something that would be relevant to everybody. Something that can unite people," Timms says. "There's so much that can divide people. We really hope #GivingTuesday can be a unifying force."
The national day of giving also acts as a nice antacid against the nauseating commercialism and consumerism of Black Friday -- a day when average Americans seem intent on establishing a tradition of 2 a.m. salesfloor brawls over the latest $25 dollar hoodie from Victoria's Secret -- and Cyber Monday -- when we continue to shop from home while nursing our bruises.But Timms himself isn't so cynical about the season's shopping urges. Christmas shopping itself is, after all, based on the notion of giving. "We always thought about it in a very positive sense," he said. "One of the things that makes America great is generosity. It's one of the core themes of this country and I think #GivingTuesday can be a celebration of that too."
Follow @CarltonTSC --Written by Carlton Wilkinson in New York
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