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November 25, 2015
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Friends of Trees

In short, I’ve been thinking a lot about the nation’s Black Friday obsession and, in some cases, extreme consumption and obsession with the acquisition of “stuff.”

Wouldn’t it be great if people camped out for days and days to be the first to make a donation to their favorite charity or food pantry or homeless shelter at midnight on Giving Tuesday?

Wouldn’t it be great if people took a day or two off of work to donate their time to help others in need?

Wouldn’t it be great if people stopped in a store and asked fellow shoppers how they could help them, rather than rushing past them, through them or over them to get an item?

I have a dream that one day Giving Tuesday will eclipse Black Friday. I've shared my dream of people camping out for a cause and have revisited last year's popular Black Friday confession poem for a local newspaper. I've also (happily) discovered that others share my vision! Check out this video of families lining up to donate the $200 they saved on Black Friday to a favorite charity on Giving Tuesday.You thought the lines were long for Black Friday? Well check out the folks who want to make donations on Giving Tuesday!

I hope you're inspired to join the movement. Let's spread some joy and make this holiday season truly a season of giving.


This Giving Tuesday, volunteer or donate to your favorite local environmental group. Or provide a tree scholarship at Friends of Trees. Since 1989, they've planted half a million trees in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield metro areas.

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