When considering the busiest times of the year for any department store, the days leading up to, and directly following "Black Friday" are certainly at the top of the list. That makes the initiative of employees from the Niagara Falls Target store even more impressive.
Led by Dan Kline, store facility technician, a handful of volunteers will participate in the #GivingTuesday event at Community Missions on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The group will paint and update a three-room common area in the mission's emergency housing shelter that morning, taking time out of the hectic holiday season to give back.
"Target is all about giving back to the community, and participating in volunteer events," Kline said. "A lot of our employees live here locally, so they want to give back to their own community. We are glad to have a relationship here with the mission; it works very well for us."
Community Missions is one of more than 7,800 organizations across the country taking part in #GivingTuesday, which looks to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, businesses and individuals - to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.
Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday, the movement seeks to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" have become days synonymous with holiday shopping.
Community Missions, within the theme of its "The Gift of Giving ... The Joy of Receiving" Christmas program, will encourage people to support the agency in a number of ways on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
•Individuals (and businesses) are encouraged to make a tax-deductible financial contribution to the agency via its website, www.communitymissions.org.
•Individuals are encouraged to beat the end-of-year rush and donate food, clothes and household items, which are always welcome to be dropped off at Community Missions' main office at 1570 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Such donations are always tax-deductible.
•Individuals are also encouraged to volunteer their time to help spread holiday cheer at the mission.
In 2012, CMI provided more than 70,000 meals and 9,000 nights of care within its crisis services programs.
Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings.
For more information on the services and programs provided by Community Missions, visit www.communitymissions.org or connect via Facebook or Twitter.