By Gabrielle. Image by Charles Sykes.

You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know today is Giving Tuesday? It’s not a new giving platform; it’s an idea. It’s a call to action and a national movement to change the calendar and make history. The idea is to celebrate a new day dedicated to giving — when families, charities, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and others can come together to encourage more, better and smarter giving during the holiday season.

I’m so excited about this movement! I hope it becomes a full-on tradition. I get goosebumps when I think about the potential.

This is how I’m planning to participate. First, as a family, the devastation of #Sandy is still weighing heavily on our minds. Because of our 8 years in New York, we know so many friends that are spending their weekends helping with clean up and restoration efforts. And we know if we lived there still, we would want to be helping out as much as we can. We discussed #GivingTuesday with the kids and suggested we commemorate the day by making a family donation to a Sandy recovery fund. The kids were totally on board and even asked us if we would match their donations. (All those years of listening to NPR fundraising weren’t for nothing! : )

Second, in honor of #GivingTuesday, I’ve been working on a Gift Guide that features products that have a social good component. Products that provide jobs for people in need. I’ll be posting that later today. [Update: Here’s the gift guide link.]

And third, I’ll be spreading the word about #GivingTuesday on my social media channels. On Twitter and Pinterest and Facebook. I hope you’ll join me!

If you’re participating, or have any good ideas on how to participate, I’d love to hear.

Happy Giving Tuesday!

P.S. — The #GivingTuesday founding partners include the UN Foundation, the 92nd Street Y, Skype, Microsoft,, Kiva, GlobalGiving, the (RED) campaign, charity: water, and Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  More partners are joining every day.