Friday, November 21, 2014


Turkey Day is next week!! That means a day of quick mingling with family and shoveling down your food to hit up those awesome Black Friday sales! Hordes of bustling people hassling retail employees to reap the benefits of slashed prices for the latest and great gadgets and gizmos.

Wait a minute... So, what happen to the Holiday Spirit?!

Last I checked, that day before Black Friday was called "Thanksgiving," which means "act of giving thanks, celebration of divine goodness." - Merriam-Webster Dictionary. So.. why on a day meant for expressing gratitude does there seem to be more emphasis on the hundreds of items we can get on sale? #backwards?

Well, while more stores continue to push our family gatherings earlier and earlier, one organization is making an effort to bring back the true meaning of the Holidays. The meaning of giving instead of getting, the meaning of altruism instead of gluttony.

There is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now #GivingTuesday! This is a social movement to combat the constant attitudes of "What can I get?" with "What can I give?"

The nonprofit #GivingTuesday has set out to "harness the collective power to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season." Using the power of social media, the movement sets out to inspire a national response for people to reach out on December 2nd to give to nonprofits seeking to improve the world. 

Want to be apart of the movement? Take a #UNselfie of you donating to your favorite charity and brag to all your friends how you are using this holiday season to make the world a better place! Remember, any donation big or small can make a huge change in the world!!

I plan on donating a few dollars (you know, broke Grad student) to a nonprofit I have just discovered. The United States Healthful Food Council, a nonprofit whose mission is to "increase production and consumption of healthful and sustainable food for all communities." They do this by giving qualified restaurants a REAL certification, REAL standing for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership. AKA, restaurants that support organic and sustainable foods, sourcing locally and seasonally! Sounds like my kind of place!

How do they certified these restaurants? By sending in RD's who support this mission of healthful, sustainable food to measure the restaurants practices against the USHFC standards. (Future job opp?!)

So, on this #GivingTuesday, I will proudly be donating to help support this nonprofit that shares my vision and hopes for the food industry in the US! For more information of #GivingTuesday, go to

Can't wait to see all those #UNselfies!! 

What charity will be receiving your donation on #GivingTuesday? I would love to know! Let's spread the love!

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