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    Tuesday, December 1 2015 7:39 AM EST2015-12-01 12:39:25 GMT
    Tuesday, December 1 2015 7:39 AM EST2015-12-01 12:39:25 GMT
    As the charitable season kicks off, the Better Business Bureau is warning people to donate wisely.

    As the charitable season kicks off, the Better Business Bureau is warning people to donate wisely.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

After an intense four-day shopping period, Tuesday reminds us about the joy of giving and charities.

It's called "Giving Tuesday" and it started about three years ago in New York. 

"People go shopping for Black Friday and they do the small business Saturday thing, but we want to remember those people in our community that are in need," Nicholle Hinkle said.

Hinkle is the director of donor relations at United Way. She said it's important for the community to recognize and participate in Giving Tuesday.

"So far in the 2015 year, we have seen our donation trends pretty similar to the previous years," Hinkle said.

According to the Better Business Bureau, Giving Tuesday began three years ago with the push to focus on giving back to their communities.

Just last year alone, more than $26 million was donated to different charities.

Merideth Pobst is the director of communications at Jackson schools. She said her hope is that people continue to give even after Tuesday.

"Tuesday is a great event, but I don't believe it should be focused on just one day, it's actually a culture and way of life," Pobst said.

Jackson schools offers children in need a daily snack pack to go home with and a 10-pound bag of packaged food for the weekends.

"We have groups of students that volunteer their time to work together to pack the snack packs, and we also use community volunteers to pack the backpacks that go home on Fridays," she said. "So it's a lot of different ways depending on what a person might be interested in."

But, if giving money isn't an option for you, there is another way to participate in Giving Tuesday.

"Sometimes the gift of your time is one of the most important things you can give," Jeff Jernigan said.

Jernigan is the executive director for Cape Boys and Girls club. He said money is greatly appreciated, but sometimes time can be just as valuable.

"They can volunteer to come in and just help with an activity with the children, help with homework, read a book something like that," he said. "It doesn't have to be something real special. It's just spending the time to show that they care."

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