Giving Tuesday hopes shoppers think of others

PHILADELPHIA - December 3, 2013

The Variety Club wants you to know that Giving Tuesday is intended to kick-off the year-end giving season.

"Having Giving Tuesday after Black Friday, after Cyber Monday, gives people who maybe spend a little too much time on the computer, at the mall, maybe it's something that they can give back to," Jeff Lagrasso, Variety Club CEO, said.

Whether it's raising money or providing services, there are dozens of local events taking place Tuesday in conjunction with Giving Tuesday.

For example, Jenkintown Building Services is cleaning windows at the Conelly House on Ludlow Street.

The non-profit dedicated to serving the homeless welcomed Santa and Hanukkah Harry, who joined crews from Jenkintown Building Services, washing windows.

Variety Club Camp in Montgomery County serves children with disabilities. Today, they participated in vocational training.

"Where we take 15 to 21 years old and teach them job skills so they can go out into the community and earn a paycheck and be happy, healthy members of society," Vairety Manging Director Angus Murray say.

Also, the Support Center for Child Advocates opened its toy drive Tuesday.

"We are going to accept toys up until December 18th. We have volunteers that are coming every day at lunch. They'll help us sort them out and get them to the right age groups," Tracy Buchhotz of the Support Center for Child Advocates said.

Anyone can make a donation by visiting their offices at 1880 JFK Boulevard.

And remember, this is Giving Tuesday, but it's not the only day to give.

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