Giving Tuesday sparks donations; BBB warns against fake charitable groups

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– First came Black Friday shopping, then all that Cyber Monday spending, and now some Giving Tuesday donating. Giving Tuesday, is a global campaign by the United Nations Foundation to encourage charity ahead of the holidays.

The idea is something that Westfield resident, Kerrie Vautour, told 22News she is happy to see happen. “I mean, we spend so much money on gifts for our family and our friends and that’s important, but there are so many people out there who can’t afford to do that for their family and who are in need,” Vautour said.

Springfield College students who are part of the school’s Leadership Training Conference got on board with the campaign; setting up collection booths all over campus. Students and faculty stopped by to either give cash, write a “thank you” note to someone on campus, or drop off a donation.

“We’ve had a lot of people donate cans, clothing, basically whatever you can. If you don’t have any things to donate, you can pledge how you are going to give back,” Veronica Antone, Springfield College senior and one of the organizers of the event, told 22News.

Antone also said that it was important for them to know where these donations would end up.

Most of Tuesday’s collections will go to local food pantries and shelters. Some will go to an international foundation they say they’ve thoroughly researched, just as the Better Business Bureau advises.

The BBB also warns you to avoid being pressured into giving; pointing out that responsible charity groups welcome your gifts tomorrow just as much as today. The BBB also says to not act impulsively, but rather take the extra minute to verify your gift is going to a reputable organization.

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