#GivingTuesday promotes local non-profits

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COLUMBIA - It is the third annual holiday of Giving Tuesday and local non-profits are excited for community participation.

The weekend was full of great deals, but the goal of Giving Tuesday is to give back after a week full of spending. Many local non-profits participate in this holiday which, according to the official website of Giving Tuesday, is aimed at all kinds of people.

"On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give."

One local non-profit, The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, or CCUA, is excited about the holiday and what the future brings.

"Giving Tuesday is exciting," Adam Saunder, the Public Outreach Coordinator of CCUA said. "It's a national, global really, effort to raise awareness of the non-profits around us, all over the world, that are doing good work, and we're excited to see it grow."

Saunders also said people can utilize Giving Tuesday as a way to give back both to the community and friends or family.

"We actually have two Christmas gifts that you could give to your friends," Saunders said. "You could give fruit trees. We'll come out and install a fruit tree for you at your house or your friend's house or your parents house, or you can give the Planting for the Pantry as a gift or you can give membership."

Giving Tuesday has a hashtag, #GivingTuesday. It can be used on most social media accounts to help find out local ways to get involved.

Saunders said CCUA has many events throughout the year. CCUA is also partnering with CoMo Gives, which is a city-wide fundraiser that continues throughout the month of December.