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Giving Tuesday changes mood after Cyber Monday and Black Friday
By Chrisdyann Uribe
EL PASO, Texas -- A new day follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday called Giving Tuesday.
Its a movement created by the UN Foundations to promote giving back to the community through local charities and organizations.
El Pasoans can give locally through charities such as Operation Hope where they accept donations and help out those in need in the community.
We collect everything, whether its toys, clothing, coats, or winter gear for kids and families that are in need this holiday season. All the toys and canned foods that we donate stay here in El Paso. Nothing leaves the El Paso community. This is our home and this is where we try to make a difference, said Rubi Gomez, vice president of Operation Hope
The Salvation Army also accepts donations but has made giving to the community easier with kettle buckets.
Kettle buckets can be found outside many popular stores with a volunteer ringing a bell asking for monetary donations.
Maj. Mike Morton, the area commander for the Salvation Army, has seen the difference made in the life of one El Paso woman from the money in the kettle buckets.
She came back and she said, last year at about this time my husband left me and I was working at a fast-food restaurant making minimum wage. I had two boys. There was no way we wouldve had Christmas had the Salvation Army not giving us toys for Christmas, Morton said.
Many are excited about the idea of #GivingTuesday that is contrary to Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Today celebrates that gift of giving. I think its a wonderful thing that we recognize and celebrate, especially this time of the year, Morton said.
Well I absolutely love it. Its good that El Pasoans and all the community is try to see that there is a need. El Paso has a big need. We want to make a difference in our home town, Gomez said.