Reps Gabbard, Schock Introduce Resolution For #GivingTuesday

givingtuesdayA bipartisan resolution was introduced by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) last week that would recognize a national day of giving and volunteerism.

#GivingTuesday, now in its third year, takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, intended to follow the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, #GivingTuesday will take place on December 2.

The worldwide movement has over 17,000 U.S.-based partners, including Microsoft, JC Penny, Discover, Toys “R” Us, Ebay, Boys and Girls Club of the USA, MSNBC, Ronald McDonald House, USA for UNHCR, Nothing But Nets and the United Methodist Church. Celebrity supporters include Fran Drescher, Jessica Alba, John Bon Jovi, Hugh Jackman, and Queen Latifah

“There are too many things that cause divisions within our communities, but one thing that can bring us together toward a common goal is that of giving to others, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said Congresswoman Gabbard. “We should always be looking for opportunities to serve others and give generously of our time and resources to worthy causes. ‘Giving Tuesday’ is a great way to raise awareness of our responsibility to serve others before ourselves, and give back to our communities. I encourage everyone to embrace these values and the spirit of Giving Tuesday.”

“According to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report, 73 percent of millennials gave to charity in 2013,” said Congressman Schock. “Generosity and philanthropy are important to our generation, and we are rising to do our part as previous generations have done. For some, it’s through financial support of a favorite charity, church, or synagogue. For others, it’s through acts of service in their communities, or even through our nation’s most important form of volunteer service in the United States Armed Forces. Whatever the avenue they choose, millennials are wholeheartedly following the great American tradition of giving back and paying it forward.”

It’s great to see bipartisan cooperation this time of year, especially for such a good cause. FishbowlDC wishes #GivingTuesday good luck and a happy Thanksgiving!

For more info, go to www.givingtuesday.org.