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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, November 24, 2018 1:00 am

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After a long weekend spent shopping, Tuesday offers a time for giving

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's $1.8 billion gift to Johns Hopkins University might have you believing any charitable gift you make this holiday season would be meaningless.

You would be wrong. Give a gift to Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do and allow a child with cancer to trade hospital visits and chemotherapy for a week of flying kites, swimming and boating. 

A gift to the Literacy Alliance will provide materials for adults working to improve reading and math skills.

A donation there also can provide a scholarship to cover a student's share of the cost of the high school equivalency exam. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters can use your gift to cover the cost of training for those who step up to mentor a young person.

Give a gift to Associated Churches to support A Baby's Closet, with funds to provide cribs, car seats and other essential items for new mothers.

Tuesday is the perfect day to give. Now in its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is an international movement to encourage philanthropic support in the holiday season. It should be a part of your holiday routine after Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Your Giving Tuesday gift might be dwarfed by Bloomberg's contribution, but it's every bit as important to a worthy nonprofit in our community.