I'm not sure when Giving Tuesday started to trend in our society, but I am hopeful that this "trend" is here to stay.
If you haven't heard of Giving Tuesday, it is part of the Thanksgiving parade of days with special names. Thanksgiving appears to kick off the "parade" followed by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and then Giving Tuesday. (I'm not sure how Sunday escaped the parade, but I'm thankful to have at least Sunday as a traditional day of rest!) Giving Tuesday was designed as a way to provide a global movement to show the impact of generosity. It is one of my favorite days of the year-- a day designed to encourage everyone to DO GOOD!
I know what so many of my customers are thinking... "really, Amanda, do we now have to have a day to remind us to be good to others?" And I understand part of their annoyance. However, those customers are also likely blessed like me to have been raised differently than so many others. I was raised with the default to be good and nice to others. If I wasn't, I was quickly met with a quick (but painful) tap on my rear-end! However, I have quickly learned during my adult duration, that many others were not raised with the same programmed default.
So why is your insurance agent writing a blog about "Giving Tuesday"? I am writing this blog because "Giving Tuesday" is what insurance is about! Insurance is about helping others. It is about being there for our insureds on sometimes the darkest, lowest days of their year. We are there when the homes burn down or the car is totaled. We are there to console loved ones as we deliver life insurance benefits to beneficiaries. We are here to "do good" and help others through the avenues we have available to us. You would say that we are the blessed ones to participate in "Giving Tuesday" all year round. This year alone, we have been able to donate back to our community in service, financially and spiritually.
I am also writing because we may be able to help you with your "Giving Tuesday" ideas. If you'd like to support your favorite charity with a financial donation, consider purchasing a life insurance policy and designating your charity as the beneficiary. The money you place into the policy as premium, will be exponentially greater as a death benefit. If you're interested in exploring this option, please let Ted Romer or I know.
I would like to end this blog with a thank you to all of the local organizations who do good work in our community every day. This year, at Fort Recovery Insurance, we have been blessed to be able to support the following and more,
The Arts Place
Cancer Association of Mercer County
Courage to Live Foundation
Fort Loramie Men's Fellowship
Fort Recovery Athletic Boosters
Fort Recovery Athletic Department
Fort Recovery Combined Charities
Fort Recovery FFA
Fort Recovery Friends of the Arts
Fort Recovery Historical Society
Fort Recovery Merchants Association
Fort Recovery Music Boosters
Fort Recovery Opera House
Fort Recovery Sports Programs
Fort Recovery Vocational Scholarship
Fort Recovery Youth Sports
Fort Street Car Classic
Maria Stein Shrine of the Holly Relic
Mercer County Junior Fairboard
Mercer County Challenger Baseball
Mercer County Fair
Merchants Cruise In
Ohio State Benefit Pull
Saint Anthony Dinner Theater
VFW Cancer Dance
Vores Compact Touring Series
Wendelin Sports Club
Join me in by participating in Giving Tuesday this year! But don't let it stop there. I challenge our clients to adopt the Giving Tuesday attitude all year round! I promise you will receive so much more than you give.