LINCOLN CITY – We’ve got Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now there’s a day for generosity and the real spirit of the holidays, when we can experience the joy of giving to others? Its Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to charity in the holiday season, nationwide and right here at home. You’re invited to take this opportunity to give in whatever way feels right to you: with money, food, toys, time or all of the above, on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Then, share the joy online, telling your networks about #givingtuesday, and by using the hashtags #oregoniansgive and #lincolncitygives, too.
To give in person, head to the #LincolnCityGives Giving Tuesday Generosity Bazaar, Nov. 29 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. It will be a one-stop giving destination, where “shoppers” can browse booths staffed by 15 local nonprofits, service clubs and student groups, all raising money for good causes in Lincoln City. There will be complimentary donuts and coffee, festive music and all the donation receipts your accountant could ever want, all under one roof.
“Last year’s Giving Tuesday Generosity Bazaar was a wonderful experience, generating barrels full of food and toys, heart-warming donations for all our participating groups, and a lovely sense of holiday spirit. Don’t think that you can’t make a difference, no matter what your circumstances might be. Give money or give time, make a pledge or pay it forward – Giving Tuesday will make you feel like you belong to something good – I guarantee,” said Niki Price, head of the LCCC and co-organizer of the #lincolncitygives project. “Bring a child in your life, and give him or her the chance to be generous, this holiday season.
“We welcome all local charities, nonprofits and student groups to join us in the Generosity Bazaar. Booth space is free, admission is free, and the warm fuzzy feelings are free, too. We’re also accepting donations of food from local restaurants, and the time of local musicians who can provide some festive tunes, at some point during the day.” Most of all, the Generosity Bazaar needs kind-hearted Lincoln City people, who want to make a difference through these local nonprofits. Here are just a few of the ways you can give on Nov. 29:
* Bring donations of non-perishable food for the Lincoln City Food Pantry, and new, unwrapped toys for the North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District volunteer toy drive.
* Hear the students of the St. James Santiago School perform songs celebrating Diwali. Their program will begin around 1:30 pm.
* Buy fresh holiday wreaths, for your home or to ship to a loved one, to fund Rotary scholarships for local high school students headed to college.
* Learn more about the Lincoln City Warming Shelter, Warm & Dry and the Lincoln City Homeless Solutions groups, which work together to provide clothing and shelter to the growing population of homeless people on the coast. They’ll be accepting donations of cash and checks, as well as clean, warm jackets for men and women.
* Purchase a 2017 Pet Calendar from the FOLCAS (Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter) to pay for care and feeding of dogs and cats at the shelter. Or, festively-wrapped packages of hazelnuts, to benefit the PEO Sisterhood and its scholarship programs for women.
* Give homeless kids a hand, by donating to Family Promise of Lincoln City, which helps provide homeless families with food, shelter and transitional housing. They’ll have a prize raffle, with your chance to win jewelry, art and a glass float.
* Eat a hearty lunch – an 8-ounce baked potato with all the fixings, plus a beverage – for just $5, to benefit the Lincoln City Cultural Center. LCCC volunteers will also be selling Chessman Gallery T-shirts and concert ticket gift packages
* Learn about volunteering opportunities, at these and other Lincoln City nonprofits.
* Take an “unselfie” at your chosen booth, and post it on your Facebook page, Twitter feed or Instagram account using #lincolncitygives, #oregoniansgive or #givingtuesday. This will help to raise awareness of the day, and the Bazaar.
The participating nonprofits will also be spreading the word throughout the month, using the hashtags #givingtuesday, #oregoniansgive and #lincolncitygives. The idea is to get the word out among diverse social networks, raising awareness for charitable giving online as well as attendance at the Nov 29 Generosity Bazaar at the LCCC.
For more information, or to donate or volunteer, call Niki at 541-994-9994.