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Giving Tuesday Aims to Encourage Giving to Those in Need to Better the Community

It’s all been a blur since Thanksgiving. We’ve had non stop shopping since Black Friday, all the way through Cyber Monday. Now, that you’ve saved money from all the discounts, Giving Tuesday reminds shoppers what this time of year is all about.

“You know you’re saving all this money with all of these deals and that’s great. But, you know, even if you took a small amount from what you saved on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and you give it to a local organization, think about the huge impact you could be making.” said Big Brothers and Big Sisters Community Engagement Manager, Christie Howard.

For local organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Acadiana, days geared toward the season of giving helps kick off their drive for donations.

“It takes about 1200 dollars per year to fund one match program.” said Howard, “To put that in perspective we have 120 active matches and an additional 40 or so kids on our waiting list.”

For others in the community, Giving Tuesay opens doors.

“We have been praying for opportunities to open up to help us reach the remaining fund.” said Karen P Juneau, of Sky’s The Limit Acadiana

Giving Tuesday helps bring awareness for funds being raised for noble efforts.

“Our goal by 2020 was to raise 250,000 dollars and we have raised 238,000 dollars.” said Juneau, “Acadiana House is one of 15 homes in a community called Brock-Springer Community and it will house individuals of special needs and it’s ready to go, all of the houses have been built and now we just need to finish the fundraising.”

Giving Tuesday started back in 2012- as a way to encourage others to spend money in a way that will make a difference in the world they live in. Through Giving Tuesday campaigns, in just seven years, the Giving Tuesday movement has raised more than $1 billion dollars online in the u.s. alone.

And if you don’t have funds to share, there is more than one way to donate.

“Giving Tuesday is not about giving money. Money is great and we could always use it but it’s about giving what you can. Maybe you can give time.” said Howard.

Donations for the Acadiana House:
Donors can make a tax-deductible, year-end donation by visiting or contact Katie Lahey at Community Foundation of Acadiana to donate from your Donor Advised Fund.

For more information on the Acadiana House or our fundraising, please contact Karen Juneau at 337.288.2634 or

To donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters: