Millions of Canadians and thousands of businesses to participate in global day of giving on Nov. 29thTORONTO, Nov. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Reaffirming the holidays are indeed a time for giving, statistics show that GivingTuesday is growing faster in Canada than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. While sales numbers for the annual shopping holidays jumped 37% and 65% respectively from 2012 to 2015, the value of donations on GivingTuesday grew by an astounding 302% over the same time period, according to figures released by CanadaHelps. "While the total amount of money spent shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday still far exceeds the value of donations made on GivingTuesday, it's very encouraging to see that Canadians are embracing the spirit of giving, and continuing to make GivingTuesday a time to turn to our attention to the community and support our organizations of choice," says Lys Hugessen, President of The GIV3 Foundation. GivingTuesday, a global day of giving brought to Canada in 2013 by GIV3 and CanadaHelps, continues to gain traction across the country in its fourth year, with thousands of partner organizations and millions of Canadians expected to take part. On November 29th and throughout the holiday giving season, Canadians can celebrate giving in whatever way is meaningful for them - volunteering their skills, giving blood, holding clothing drives, helping at a local food bank, talking with their kids about philanthropy, or spreading the word on social media.