Giving Tuesday Focuses on Community Generosity

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - With all the shopping from Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming to a close, tomorrow focuses on the 'giving' aspect of the holiday season.
Giving Tuesday, now in it's 6th year of celebration, ignites people's urge to give money, time, goods and acts of kindness.
Created at a "Y" in New York City, Giving Tuesday has spread to more than 100 countries around the world and has been extensively shared on social media by hash-tagging "Giving Tuesday."
Several local organizations are participating in the observance, and asking for the community's support.
The Boys and Girls club is currently working to open their new teen center in January of next year.
The Teen Program Coordinator, Maria Ruhstorfer says the new space will offer young adults a safe place to hang out, play video games, do homework, and participate in weekly activities.
Maria Ruhstorfer; Boys & Girls Club Fairbanks - Teen Program Coordinator>>: "Well, there's kind of a lack in things for teens to do in Fairbanks. There's not a ton of teen centers particularly downtown that are walking accessible. And we have space for teens upstairs, like teens come and play basketball. We have open gym from 2:30 to 4 everday after school for teens, but sometimes they just want to be away from the younger kids. We have kids as young as 7 upstairs, and sometimes the teens are like, 'it's a lot to be around these little kids.' So we wanted a space where they could kind of be teenagers."
The Boys and Girls Club of Fairbanks is looking for Giving Tuesday donations to sponsor children's and teens' memberships to the club.
The branch says the best way to donate is to come into the Club on 8th avenue, or call them at 457-5223.
They say donating over the phone or in person keeps the money right here in the interior.