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Giving Tuesday with a military twist


Last updated 11/28/2022 at 2:47pm

Courtesy GivingTuesdayMilitary

A military edition of Giving Tuesday is looking for more volunteers to help with efforts at local food banks on Nov. 29, including at the Sunny Side Market in Fountain. They are part of a global effort to share kindness.

One act of kindness can change the world. It is with this in mind that four military spouses from different branches of service made the decision to come together for this global and inspire 1 million acts of kindness by establishing GivingTuesday Military edition. GivingTuesday, which is the Tuesday directly following Thanksgiving, was established in 2012 with one goal in mind, to make generosity go viral. This global day of giving is designed to inspire charitable giving to organizations that are change makers in their communities, but also stimulate collaboration and volunteerism in communities.

Local Chapter Ambassador, Team Colorado GTM 2022 Ambassadors/Fort Carson and COS Area/Sunny Side Market Food Pantry, will facilitate kindness efforts in Fountain to encourage and assist those looking to join the movement with ideas of how to give back and get involved. Team Colorado GTM 2022 has joined forces this year with Food Ambassadors, Military Spouses and Community Outreach Organizations to help empower the No Human Hungry Project because they believe no human should go without some form of food on their table. Our efforts are geared towards putting food on the table one plate at a time.

It's not too late to sign up to help with Tuesday's efforts. The team will be at Sunny Side from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

"We currently are looking to continue sharing the love and support for Sunny Side Market," said local Chapter Ambassador Marissa Bolado. "The team is also hoping to bring more awareness to our Military community who isn't fully aware of such amazing programs."

Bolado serves as VP Family Readiness Programs PPAUSA, and Kiwanis Fountain Valley Strategic Ambassador.

GivingTuesday Military is a program founded in 2019 with Ambassadors in various locations across the globe. The movement strives to unite Service Members across all branches, Veterans, family members of those who serve, and patriotic supporters in giving back to the communities that they live and work. This initiative is dedicated to spreading intentional acts of kindness and giving of one's time and energy. Organizers firmly believe that "being kind can change the world. It can not only spread joy and uplift others--it can save lives."

"GivingTuesday Military is the perfect example of people working together to make a difference in the lives of others and transform their communities. It's inspiring to see military service members, veterans, and their families who already have committed so much to something bigger than themselves, lead the way to encourage one million acts of kindness," says Asha Curran, Chief Executive Officer of GivingTuesday.

Courtesy Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

At Sunny Side Market in Fountain, clients can shop for fresh food in a manner similar to a grocery store. This allows them to choose items they are more likely to use instead of receiving a box of miscellaneous items.

The call to action to military service members, families (including gold star), veterans, and patriotic supporters is to participate in an act of kindness or community giving on November 29, 2022 and share a photo, video or post of their act through social media channels with #GivingTuesdayMilitary. The posts on social media are meant to start a ripple effect through their network of friends and family to inspire them to do the same.

"These acts of kindness can be small, but give members of the military community an opportunity to connect with each other and the communities we live in," Bolado said. "The opportunities are limitless and could be as simple as buying a cup of coffee for a stranger, leaving a kind note on a car windshield or simply sharing a hug with someone who needs it. This year we wanted to feed our community, and boy have we with the help of food pantries like Sunny Side Market, Solid Rock Community Development, and Care and Share of Southern Colorado."

To get involved with the local food pantry effort, contact Marissa Bolado at [email protected] or [email protected] or 210-313-3734.


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