Black Friday is over, Cyber Monday is on and Tuesday is a time for charity, known as "Giving Tuesday."
Entering its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
President Trump is urging Americans to give a little more this year after a number of hurricanes devastated communities across the country.
"On #GivingTuesday, the citizens of our great Nation, and people around the globe, take part in the charitable spirit of the holiday season. We commit our time, money, and resources to acts of giving and kindness, as we help those less fortunate and those most in need," President Trump said in a statement. "Earlier this year, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated communities across the southern United States and in the Caribbean, and vast wildfires ravaged California. We saw millions of our fellow Americans lose everything, from homes to businesses, and far too many people also suffered the unbearable loss of loved ones. I have seen first-hand the heartbreaking pain it has caused."
"Americans, however, are a resilient people, particularly when they support each other through acts of charity, kindness, and generosity. That spirit has been on full display as we have worked together to rebuild America. As the process of recovery and the need for assistance continues, I encourage all Americans to unite in selflessness, compassion, and giving. When we are united, Americans can overcome even the greatest challenges," he continued.
The President specifically thanked those who have given to religious organizations.
"This #GivingTuesday, I thank those who have contributed to charitable organizations, including our houses of worship, and ask that we continue to come together to give and help others in need, especially to communities devastated by the recent natural disasters. Together, we can ensure that the blessings of this holiday season are shared around the world," he said.