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By Dylan Joffe, HQ Social Media Manager, City Year, Inc.

I have a lot to be thankful for after a few days home with my family for Thanksgiving.

I am thankful that I only live a few hours away from my parents, so I can get home easily to celebrate the holidays with them. I am thankful that my brother lives close by, so he can join us for the festivities. I am thankful that we were able to have a lovely dinner together as a family, able to put food on the table and all able take a day off from work to celebrate together. I am thankful for so much this time of year – and thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on that.

Thanksgiving also reminds me that while I am thankful for so much, I have been given a lot. While home for a few days, I receive a delicious meal. I receive some leftovers to take back to Boston with me. I receive praise from my parents’ friends and greetings from my childhood peers. I usually receive a free bus ticket home and some new clothes for work because my parents are just so excited to see me.

I get and get and get all week long – which is why I really like the idea of #GivingTuesday.

Today marks the 2nd annual #GivingTuesday. In the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday was created as a time for people to give. It is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. #GivingTuesday was started by New York’s 92nd Street Y, but expanded quickly with partners like the United Nations Foundation, and became a reality in 2012.

Last year, #GivingTuesday had more than 2,500 partners from every state in the US. Over 50 million people shared the #GivingTuesday message on social media. It is a great campaign – one that celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.

This year, I am giving to City Year for #GivingTuesday.

Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of school in America. More than 1 million students will drop out of school this year. These are startling numbers. These are the numbers I learned when I joined the City Year team – numbers that made me passionate to start my work and support City Year’s mission.

This year, we are asking people to give $26 dollars to City Year on #GivingTuesday. $26 represents the student that drops out every 26 seconds. $26 represents a commitment to supporting our communities by helping our students stay in school and on track to graduate.

Donations to City Year can be made here.

Whether you are able to give or not this year, it is important to spread the word of #GivingTuesday. You can find out all about #GivingTuesday here and follow all of the #GivingTuesday activity here.

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