What is #GivingTuesday?

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 brings people together. Centering around the values of service and giving back, #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities, and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Last year, #GivingTuesday raised more than $168 million for charities around the world, the most the movement has ever raised. CFGP first participated in #GivingTuesday in 2015 with the St. Nick Effect, providing Christmas gifts to underprivileged children, and again in 2016 to support the Thea Bowman Women's Center at St Francis Inn Ministries. So which local nonprofit have we selected as this year's beneficiary? We are VERY excited to announce that our 2017 #GivingTuesday beneficiary is...

Mother of Mercy House is located in the Kensington and Allegheny neighborhood of Philadelphia. Led by Father Joseph Devlin, Father William “Liam” Murphy and Sister Ann Raymond Welte, Mother of Mercy House celebrates daily Mass, and collects and distributes food items. Mother of Mercy House also works to provide supportive services to those affected by addiction by holding regular AA and NA meetings to a neighborhood that’s deeply impoverished, and plagued by prostitution, addiction, unemployment, and hunger.

In an article published by Philly.com earlier this year, it was confirmed that drug overdose deaths in Philadelphia surged to 900 last year — a nearly 30 percent increase in a single year. The article also stated that no demographic or area of the city has been left unaffected. For 2017, CFGP is shifting its focus to address this epidemic by partnering with Mother of Mercy House for #GivingTuesday.

Addiction is an issue that we at CFGP hold very close to our hearts. It is our hope that through our #GivingTuesday campaign, Mother of Mercy House will not only help raise awareness for this issue but help put an end to it through their powerful, spiritual outreach.

To read more about Mother of Mercy House and the drug epidemic in Philadelphia.

Tis the season for giving! Please consider joining the #GivingTuesday movement in support of Mother of Mercy House and fighting addiction.