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Giving Tuesday is a day of giving, fueled by the power of social media + collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday reminds everyone to be charitable and community-focused during the holiday season. The Pack Up + Go team feels passionately about highlighting the importance of compassion, and supporting the work of organizations that have a positive impact on communities around the country and abroad.

This year, Pack Up + Go will donate to The International Rescue Committee (IRC). From Friday, November 23-Tuesday, November 27, a portion of proceeds from all trips booked will go directly to this important and meaningful organization that celebrates the Thanksgiving spirit of welcoming friends, family, and those in need into our communities.

The IRC is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non-governmental organization that was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, originally to support those suffering from the persecution of the Hitler regime. Since then, it has evolved to offer emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster around the world. They work to serve those whose lives have been upended by offering nourishment, resettling services, and health care to help people rebuild their lives.

In 2017, the IRC provided primary health care to 23 million individuals and offered aid to 2 million adults + children affected by hunger crises around the world. In the United States, they offer legal and professional assistance for refugees, and have over 5,200 volunteers nationwide. To learn more about their work, head to their website! You can also donate or sign up to be a volunteer.

Our team is thankful for the safety and security we feel in our everyday lives, and want to offer support to those around us who have not had the same fortune due to violence, terror, famine, and natural disasters. This holiday season, we hope you will join us in that effort!

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Want other great organization recommendations for donating this Giving Tuesday? Look no further:

  • Operation Underground Railroad: Founded in December of 2013, this organization has made it their mission to gather experts in extraction and anti-child trafficking in order to infiltrate and dismantle trafficking operations around the world. Their “Jump Team” is made up of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. Operation Underground Railroad doesn’t stop there, they also work or with local organizations to rehabilitate and heal victims and prosecute those who have perpetrated violence. Since their start, they have rescued 1,588 children from sex trafficking and arrested more than 745 traffickers! Want to help? Click here to donate!

  • Hello Neighbor: Founded in 2017, this Pittsburgh-based nonprofit works to improve the lives of recently resettled refugee families by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives. This mentorship program focuses on bringing members of the community together in order to build a stronger, kinder, and more connected Pittsburgh. In their first cohort, they had 25 matches of incredibly diverse and multi-generational participants. The refugee families were originally from 7 different countries and the PGH families were from 23 different zip codes around the area! Head over to their website if you are a Pittsburgh native and want more information on how to get involved!

  • RAICES: Founded in 1986, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, they are on the frontline of the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and around the US. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. The goal of the organization is to provide legal advocacy and representation to reduce the systematic separation of families and unnecessary detainment that leaves millions without pathways to legal status. If you want to get involved, they have options to volunteer + donate!

Other ways you can help:

  • Make a donation to your favorite charity and share your contribution on social media with the #GivingTuesday hashtag

  • Make a purchase from Pack Up + Go (trip sign ups + gift cards) 11/23 - 11/27 and we will contribute to the IRC

  • Organize a charity drive for your community to share with your friends + family

  • Volunteer with a local organization or find other ways to spread cheer in your community!

How do you like to give back during the holidays? Let us know in the comments!

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