Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 8:20 pm

Giving Tuesday movement follows weeking shopping days

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By Leon Lagerstam,

BETTENDORF -- Black Friday, small business Saturday and Cyber Monday will be sandwiched between two slices of giving thanks and donation days.

Churches United of the Quad City Area recently announced that it's participating in a new nationwide movement called Giving Tuesday.

Families, businesses and individuals are urged to come together on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to transform the way they think about, talk about and participate in what's become known as the ''giving'' season, according to a news release.

''We start with a day of thanks, followed by several days of bargains, how fitting that we then think of Giving Tuesday, and how we can help others,'' Churches United office and marketing manager Jo Cohrs said.

For information about Churches United or its Giving Tuesday plans, visit To contribute, click on the ''donate'' button, or mail checks to Churches United, 2535 Tech Drive, Suite 205, Bettendorf, IA 52722.

Churches United has 24 food pantries that feed hundreds of thousands of people every year who are struggling in today's economy. Every $100 buys 600 pounds of food, according to promotional materials Ms. Cohrs provided.

Churches United also operates Winnie's Place, a shelter for women who are homeless or are the victims of domestic violence, and their children, and every $150 will shelter a mother and child there for a week.

Winnie's Place manager Kit Miller urged people to participate in the Giving Tuesday movement.

''The holiday season starts with Thanksgiving, where people come together to celebrate fellowship, family and feast,'' she said. ''Not everyone has the luxury of having a home, family or food, and Churches United has a history of providing food and shelter where people can become part of a family.
''Churches United needs the community to consider how they can donate on Giving Tuesday so we can continue providing for those in need,'' Ms. Miller said. ''Giving Tuesday can become a cornerstone of commitment, and we need your help telling others why you care, why you support these programs, and ask them to join you with their support making a difference in our Quad-Cities area."

''Tell everyone you can about what you are doing through your donations to Churches United and why it matters,'' promotional materials urged. ''And together we'll create ways to give more, give better and give smarter.''