‘Giving Tuesday’ promotes ‘#UNselfie’

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Over the next couple days, don’t be surprised if you see #UNselfie popping up on social media websites.

The hashtag comes in support of what has been coined Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is an international initiative that allows people to focus on giving back by supporting the non-profit organization or cause of their choice.

"We're hoping that they'll choose us and they’ll choose to give 10,” Stephanie Beeman, marketing assistant at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, said.

The food bank is encouraging people to participate in Giving Tuesday by focusing on the number 10.

For example, people can donate 10 cans of food, donate $10, or perhaps volunteer for 10 hours.

This year, Giving Tuesday is connected to the “UNselfie” theme. People are being asked to upload pictures to social media websites and explain why they gave or volunteered this year.

"We all want it to be the Ice Bucket Challenge; that would be great. I think that's part of where the social media aspect of it comes from. You see your friends, you see people getting tagged and you say, I can do that,” Beeman said.

The United Way of Forsyth County is also participating. Instead of asking for donations, the organization is using Tuesday to celebrate those who have already given back by posting their pictures on its Facebook page.

“We’re really hoping that quite a few people will post,” Mary Cranfill, vice president of marketing and communications, said

"Giving Tuesday is a way to really promote that #UNselfie behavior and say this should be something that we take throughout the year,” she added.

Giving Tuesday is Dec. 2.

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