This Thursday, 28 November, is Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday in the United States. It’s a time when families gather to express gratitude for the many blessings they have received.
No doubt retailers, both brick-and-mortar stores and online, give thanks for the Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving. “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” as they are known, are among the biggest shopping days of the year.
In reaction to all this spending, the UN Foundation and the 92 Street Y, a cultural organization in New York City, last year launched #GivingTuesday to encourage people to remember those in need.
Boaz Paldi, a Senior Communications Specialist with the UN Development Programme, tells Dianne Penn how UNDP is making this year’s #GivingTuesday (3 December) a global event.