Charities come up with day to encourage donations during the holidays

What is #GivingTuesday?

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, it seems like every day of the week has something to do with shopping during the holidays.  You can add one more day to that list, but instead of buying, you're encouraged to donate.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a nationwide effort to give a boost to local charities during the holidays.  The goal is to make this day as large and successful as Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

"What's so inspiring is how many organizations and individuals have taken up the charge for #GivingTuesday,"  one of the movement's creator, Henry Timms, told CNN.

The day is also focused on the power of social media and the role it plays in getting awareness out about the initiative.  That's why organizers decided to use the hashtag, often used on Twitter, before the name.

On the local front, the United Way of Central Maryland is teaming up with dozens of charities to promote #GivingTuesday.  Here's a list of just some of the charities you can choose to support during this day:

American Heart Association
Anne Arundel County CASA
Arundel House of Hope
Associated Black Charities
Baltimore City Health Department
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore
Bridges to Housing Stability
Caroline Friess Center
Carroll Food Sunday
Civic Works
Community Action Council of Howard County, Maryland
Domestic Violence Center of Howard County
Food Link
Good Shepherd Center
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna
Habitat of the Chesapeake
Harford Community Action
Harford Family House
HealthCare Access Maryland
House of Ruth Maryland
Legal Aid Bureau
Light House
Living Classrooms Foundation
Marian House
Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maryland Food Bank
Maryland Society for Sight
Mason-Dixon Community Services
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Middle Grades Partnership
Neighbor Ride
Night of Peace Family Shelter
Partners in Care
Project PLASE
Prologue, Inc.
Salvation Army, Greater Baltimore Area
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore
The Arc of The Central Chesapeake Region
The Samaritan Women
The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC)
The Women's Law Center of Maryland
TurnAround
Urban Alliance
Women's Housing Coalition
YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

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