Around this time of year, a great debate begins within our courier community. When is it acceptable to put up Christmas decorations?
For some, the moment the last trick-or-treater knocks on your front door signifies the start of Christmas. Halloween decorations come down, Christmas trees go up.
Others insist that Christmas should not commence until your great Aunt Bertha packs up the leftover pecan pie and high tails it back to Florida after Black Friday sales.
Whether you agree with the former or the latter, at this point, we’re all on the same team, because the CHRISTMAS SEASON IS HERE! (Cue “Carol of the Bells” chorus.) But before we kick off the season of lots of “wants” and “gives”, shouldn’t we take a moment and set the tone for the holiday season? That’s exactly what Giving Tuesday is for.
For seven years now, we’ve celebrated the true meaning of Christmas with Giving Tuesday. This day falls on the first Tuesday after the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and gives us a chance to be a part of the movement that inspires generosity, charity, and, of course, giving of our resources.
If you’re planning on participating in Giving Tuesday, no doubt you have fabulous intentions. You’re ready to end 2018 with a generous heart! Our couriers love that kind of attitude! But, unfortunately, not everyone is looking to assist you in this endeavor. As you search for ways to participate in the movement of Giving Tuesday, keep these things in mind before you make a donation:
- Do your research: Contributing to a cause you believe in is a great way to celebrate Giving Tuesday. But before you input your credit card or bank info, know who you’re giving your money to. Check out their mission statement, and review their tax exempt status. You can find out more about that on the IRS website .
- Ensure the site is secure: The easiest way to check is by finding the “s” after the “http” in the URL. You'll also want to be sure you check the domain site for accuracy. An additional number or letter in the web address might mimic a popular company, but it could lead you into dangerous territory.
- Get the contact info: Detailed information should be readily available to you from the charity’s website, or from a phone call directly to the organization. If you have questions bout where your money is going, don’t hesitate to ask.
- Keep records: Once your donation is made, keep your receipt. Not only can you use it as a tax deduction when you file your taxes in April, but you’ll have a paper trail in case you have questions later about your donation.
- It’s not all about the Benjamins: If you’re cash strapped, don’t forget that you can also give your time, talents, or other resources. There are ways you can give back to your community that don’t cost you a penny.
Whether you give a little or a lot, often or just during the holiday season, Giving Tuesday is a great reminder to focus on the aspects of generosity and charity. During the holiday season, it’s easy to get sucked into the commercialism, the wants and the “have nots”, but our Eagle Express couriers remind you to reflect on all of the blessings that God has provided to you this year, and consider sharing your abundance with those around you who might need it more.
In the New Testament, we’re reminded of the following:
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Will you be a cheerful giver this holiday season? Today might be the best day to start!