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Giving Tuesday a chance to give back

There were so many people in this community who gave back during Thanksgiving week. Tyrone Poole, a former NFL player, gave away turkeys in a partnership with Cricket Wireless. The annual Thanksgiving dinner — previously called “Up All Night” — continued under new leadership.

In West Point, restaurants and community leaders came together to cook hundreds of free meals for the community.

It’s the giving aspect of this community that makes it such a great place to live and truly reflects on the good people who live here.

Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for the people we have in our lives and focusing in what truly matters. Many of us spent Friday shopping our legs off, probably buying gifts for those same people we ate a big meal with on Thursday.

And some will do the same on Monday, when online sales dominate the Internet.

All of that shopping can be fun, but there are also many ways to continue to give back this holiday season. One of the biggest days for giving will be held Tuesday.

It’s called Giving Tuesday and kicks off the charitable season. This is the seventh year for Giving Tuesday, which was created by the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised online to benefit organizations that people feel strongly about.

It’s not about just one organization, and there are plenty of worthy ones right here in Troup County.

If you have the means to do so, we hope you’ll consider giving back this upcoming week. The holiday season is one of great joy for many of us, but there are many people in the world that could use a little bit of extra help.