Giving Back This Holiday Season

By Saron Messay

The holiday season is here! It’s an exciting and busy time for families around the country. But as you’re shopping, cooking and celebrating, don’t forget to mark Nov. 28 on your calendars for #GivingTuesday.

Exactly what is #GivingTuesday? Unlike Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday isn’t about buying presents. It’s a global day of celebration dedicated to giving back by supporting National PTA and other causes you care about through a monetary donation.  As we come together this holiday season, let us not forget about those families and communities who are still in need and still recovering from hurricanes, fires and other disasters. Schools need books, supplies, playground equipment and more.

Earlier this fall, National PTA President Jim Accomando issued the following statements:

“PTA members work hard every day to give our children and school communities what they need to thrive. Our mission, following events like the Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, becomes that much more important. We remain committed to doing everything we can to assist those impacted by this unprecedented hurricane season and help restore communities and learning environments as quickly as possible.”

“As the nation’s oldest and largest child advocacy association, it is our duty to support families and school communities in their efforts to rebuild and recover. Due to the geographic location of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the difficulty in accessing the islands from the outside, and the devastation already inflicted by Hurricane Irma, our support is needed now more than ever.”

“National PTA is deeply concerned for all of the families, schools and communities affected by the wildfires burning in California.”

“The threat of gun violence for children has increased and our country has experienced far too many gun-related tragedies. It is urgent that families, educators, school administrators, community leaders and elected officials work together to prevent violence in schools and ensure that all students have a safe environment in which to thrive and learn.”

“Our country has endured unprecedented natural and man-made disasters the last couple of months. The need to give has never been greater and our mission at PTA has become that much more important.”

With communities, families and schools working to rebuild their lives we urge everyone to donate to National PTA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The Disaster Relief Fund was established to respond to tragedies that grievously disrupt a school or education system.

In the event of a disaster, state leaders and National PTA work together to disperse funds to the areas of greatest need. Your support ensures that schools and communities have the resources they need to restore normalcy in the face of hardship and adversity. One hundred percent of donations to the fund will go directly to PTAs and schools in need and will help provide important supplies for students and teachers.

Help supply the resources needed to children, families and schools following a disaster—TODAY!

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