Helping Hands: #GivingTuesday Highlights Charitable Contributions This Holiday Season

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Trying to ease your conscious after eating your weight in food and racking up the debt from Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Feeling a little empty and trying to get into the holiday-giving spirit?

Instead of shopping until you drop, give your Benjamins -- and time -- to charitable organizations, because today is the start of #GivingTuesday. A national effort to create a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations throughout all 50 states.

This is the second year of the social movement and media campaign, and last year, more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about #GivingTuesday and the hashtag became a trending topic on social networks, according to the namesake movement.

There are close to 50 San Francisco-based organizations partnered with #GivingTuesday and featured on their website, but giving isn't limited to these on the list. This nonprofit search engine just aims to offer suggestions of accredited and federally recognized charitable organizations.

#GivingTuesday is also sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, which supports the the movement's mission to improving humanity through acts and not material goods. So forget the presents and be more than just a consumer. Take to heart the famous quote from Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas: "Christmas doesn't come from the store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

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