A great time to give

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicked off in the pouring rain at Kelowna City Hall, Tuesday.

The international event, which encourages giving to those in need, was launched at city halls across the Okanagan for the fourth year.

In the Okanagan, the event is organized by the United Way and Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.

“We've had all the excess of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and so this just represents the opportunity for people to give back to the community and the start of the giving season,” said Helen Jackman, executive director of the United Way Central & South Okanagan Similkameen.

Several of the 50 local non-profit groups United Way supports were at Kelowna City Hall Tuesday to help Mayor Colin Basran officially proclaim Giving Tuesday in the city.

“After the focus on consumerism for the past few days, this is a nice reset to get back to what's truly important – and that's community and making sure that everybody in our community has a roof over their heads and has the basic necessities, because we know that right now in our community that is an issue,” Basran said.

“That's why today is so important, but we should be mindful of that every day.”

“We encourage everybody to consider what you've spent and what you might be spending over Christmas and think about how you can give back,” Jackman said. “It's just an opportunity to celebrate philanthropy and the impact it can have.”

A list of places to donate to can be found here.

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