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Dana Warrior blogs about Giving Tuesday

With the season of gift exchange upon us, WWE encourages our Universe to redefine “giving.”

Following the buying bonanza of Black Friday and record-breaking sales of Cyber Monday, let’s redirect the “season of giving” and dig deeper to uncover the real meaning of the most festive time of the year. 

“Giving” isn’t only about wrapped gifts passed hand-to-hand. Giving is about creating a wave of goodwill that extends to all. There is a gift of satisfaction we unwittingly give ourselves in being mindful of those in need.

GivingTuesday.org has made it easy to observe a day of unselfish giving by asking that we simply add #GivingTuesday to our holiday calendar. This global giving movement each Tuesday following Thanksgiving provides us with turn-key opportunities to give back. This year, on Nov. 27, the organization has provided suggestions for ways to easily become involved, asking that we give our voices, our time or our donations to organizations that are meaningful to us. We are invited to join an entire community of socially connected gift-givers by sharing the ways in which we have elected to give. By posting an #UNSelfie on social media with the tag #GivingTuesday, we can ride the wave of mindful, meaningful connection that will help our global family enjoy this beautiful holiday season.

Grassroots efforts in your own neighborhood are wonderful ways to build supportive, hometown infrastructures. There’s no better example of a titan of joyful gift giving than our very own Titus O’Neil. This Worldwide Superstar’s tireless efforts in Tampa, Fla., have made his community better as he has enlisted and inspired others to get involved and give, too.

With the formation of Titus’ Bullard Family Foundation, home to his annual Tampa Joy of Giving event, a seed was planted that continues to grow. This year Titus has teamed up with Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl set to benefit 10,000 kids. His unique combination of football and philanthropy is a perfect example of ultimate community building. For more information on how to contribute visit gasparillabowl.com.

Just like Titus’ template of generosity, GivingTuesday.org provides easy access to opportunities to give in your hometown with a simple click. WWE’s  own partners are likewise worthy of consideration for your chosen gift:

American Red Cross

JoyOfGivingTampa.com 

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 

Make-A-Wish

Special Olympics 

GLAAD

Girl Up

UNICEF 

Hire Heroes USA

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Global Citizen 

The passion behind these socially-conscious organizations fuels true inspiration. Having been introduced to many of the participants determined to benefit and gift others instructs me on the importance of bringing them to you! 

I believe after we have gathered to give thanks we are in the right mindset to give more. I believe on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday sets the perfect tone for all holiday celebrations. I believe the WWE Universe is filled with generous souls ready to break records on giving. I believe in the season of giving and the true spirit that declares “it is better to give than receive ...” ALWAYS!

xo, d

Visit GivingTuesday.org for more information on easy ways to get involved!

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