So many holidays to embrace. Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. And in recent years, Giving Tuesday. You may be feeling a little bombarded by the season at this point, but I actually love all of the offshoot days that spring up to celebrate events big and small this time of year.

grinchy grin with Santa

I have my work (and miraculously, my presents) pretty much wrapped up. I'm ready to sit back and celebrate with the family, thrusting ourselves into every cookie and cause and decoration wholeheartedly. Including one of the few days that actually focuses on giving back: Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. Since then, the global movement has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide. It's a chance for families to set aside a single day to consciously give back to people and organizations that they care about.

childhood joy this season

Since my children are so blessed with joy and opportunity, I make a point to set aside this day to have them share some of their abundance with others. As someone who often relied on food banks as a child, this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. I want my family to grow up knowing that their actions can make a difference for people in their own communities. If it takes this “Giving Tuesday” holiday to remind people of that, I am ALL for it.

making cookies for others

To celebrate Giving Tuesday this year, we're working with Walmart to make a difference for over 16 million children who are food insecure in the United States. As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is uniquely positioned to take a leading role on the issue of hunger here at home. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation recently exceeded their $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in America, and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. They've also committed to providing four billion healthier meals to those in need in the U.S. over the next five years.

Walmart's Holiday Makeover campaign will provide $1.5 million in grants to winning food pantries for facility makeovers this season. The public can get involved simply by visiting and casting one vote per day through December 12th to help a participating food pantry. The 75 food pantries with the most votes at the end of the voting period will each receive a $20,000 grant. It's an easy way to give back to your own community – no waking up early or standing in lines like some other recent celebrations!

How will you and your family celebrate Giving Tuesday?