With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us that means today is Giving Tuesday which is the day aimed at giving back and volunteering following the shopping frenzy.
Sarah Lyon is the Founder of Nova Scotia Gives More, a movement that coincides with Giving Tuesday and is aimed at encouraging Nova Scotians to donate to local charities. Lyon telling NEWS 95.7 there's a number of ways people in HRM can participate today.
"Souls Harbour is looking for volunteers in their thrift stores, the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is having a brunch to celebrate, we have a corporate partner, Barefoot Facilitation who is doing Barefoot for Barefeet, so they're collecting socks," says Lyon. "Adsum for Women and Children are collecting donations, and toys for the holidays."
She says that's not all, as you can "head over to Cole Harbour and you can participate in their Cream Tea, if you've ever been to the Tearoom, some delicious homemade food there for a donation," says Lyon. "And then you can end the day, really, at the Propeller, with Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and you can have a pint, and two dollars from that pint is going to go towards the Cobequid Willdlife Rehabilitation Centre, and you can meet their African Grey Parrot."
She says today is also about giving thanks for those who give their time, and money back to the community.
"We, in the charitable world couldn't do what we do without the generosity every single day of Nova Scotians who are collecting at their Christmas parties, who are giving in February, you know who are holding office 50/50s in June, we couldn't do any of it," adds Lyon. "So Giving Tuesday is also about celebrating that philanthropy."
Last year, roughly six million Canadians took part in Giving Tuesday.
Anyone looking for more details can find them here on Nova Scotia Gives More's Facebook Page.