How to Give Back on #GivingTuesday

Pat Anson, Editor

Most of us know all about Black Friday – the annual post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy – that marks the day many retailers finally begin to turn a profit for the year. There’s also Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday – also aimed at getting us to shop, shop, and shop some more.

But are you ready for Giving Tuesday on November 29?

That’s the day that kicks off the charitable giving season, when many people begin to focus on their holiday and year-end donations to charity. Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday relies primarily on social media (note the Twitter hashtag) to spread the word about giving and philanthropy – as opposed to the constant drumbeat about holiday shopping.

This year Pain News Network is partnering with other non-profits, civic organizations and charities to promote #GivingTuesday and other small acts of kindness.

I know kindness is something that pain sufferers could use more of. Many of you are no longer able to obtain pain medication or have seen your doses cutback.  Others are struggling to find new doctors and treatments, or pay rising insurance premiums and deductibles. It’s been a difficult year, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about what 2017 will bring to the pain community when a new administration takes office.

Whatever happens, I want you to know that Pain News Network will be there to cover it and keep you informed. So far this year, we’ve reached well over a million people around the world with PNN's unique blend of news, investigative reporting and commentary on issues affecting the pain community. We provide an independent voice – and go out of our way to include the patient perspective -- which you just don’t see in the mainstream media. This reader-supported journalism is only possible through donations from people like you.  

Please consider a donation to PNN today by clicking here. We’ve partnered with PayPal to provide a safe and secure environment for donations by credit or debit card.

If you prefer donating to another pain organization or advocacy group, please consider one of our affiliates – a list of which can be found by clicking here.  Non-profits such as For Grace and the International Pain Foundation do a remarkable job spreading awareness about chronic pain and are deserving of your support.

If you prefer an organization in your own community, #GivingTuesday has a web page that can help you connect with a local non-profit or school near you. If money is an issue, many charities are in need of volunteers willing to donate their time, goods or services.

As the name implies, #GivingTuesday is all about “giving back.”

How will you give back this Tuesday?