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After spending the past few days indulging ourselves in all the sales and specials, today marks a time when the focus shifts to what we can do to help others.
Today is Giving Tuesday. According to Jonathan Greenblatt, the special assistant to the president and director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council, "Giving Tuesday provides a wonderful opportunity for a national conversation about the ability of all Americans to participate in positive action. Indeed, the American impulse to help our fellow neighbor transcends politics and exemplifies our national spirit. Whether it's a family at the dinner table talking about giving to a local school organizing a blood drive to a large company organizing its employees to volunteer to an entire city rallying its residents to drive change - people everywhere can find their own ways to celebrate their common bond of community."
Greenblatt notes that more than 7,000 partners across all 50 states are taking part in Giving Tuesday, which, he notes, "builds on the American tradition of giving back but uses technology to give this greater impact."
There's no shortage of giving in Carroll or in communities across the state and country.
That is true whether it is during the holiday season or not.
A call for help or extra assistance will traditionally bring people together to ensure that needs are filled. But people generally do focus more on giving back during this time of year, and there is no shortage of places where they can accomplish that mission.
Church groups and community organizations raise money for charitable organizations.
Some focus on sending packages to troops overseas; others help out those right in their own back yard. Everywhere, it seems, people step up to help others.
The spirit of giving will last the holiday season and beyond. And there is no end to the number of ways that people can reach out to others.
As Greenblatt notes, today marks a time when "people everywhere can find their own ways to celebrate their common bond of community."

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