Giving Tuesday is the largest global generosity movement.

The movement inspires people to do good deeds on the Tuesday after American Thanksgiving. This year, it takes place on Nov. 29.

This inspiring movement offers a healthy and beneficial outlet. It causes a variety of people to shift their priorities from spending to donating.

This year, Giving Tuesday will commemorate its ten years of spreading generosity around the globe. A variety of Markham organizations benefit from the Giving Tuesday initiative.

For the past few years, the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham has taken part in the Giving Tuesday initiative.

The local foundation has been attempting to persuade current donors to join the movement by sharing their giving methods, including donations, volunteering, and fundraising, according to development officer Francesca Dauphinais. In order to help the Varley Art Gallery, they have also made a direct plea for donations to the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham.

“Giving Tuesday is a wonderful initiative,” Dauphinais said. “The idea of sharing generosity and encouraging people to do good in their community behind is inspiring. It is also an opportunity for organizations of all sizes to have a platform to share their stories with a broader audience.”

According to Dauphinais, the Varley-Art Gallery Foundation is able to interact through social media platforms. The toolkits that Giving Tuesday provides are extremely helpful for charities such as the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, and non-profits. Visit

Another organization hopes you’ll be feeling warm and fuzzy and ready to support those in need.

The Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation is hosting its Bear Necessities initiative. The foundation team hopes to provide 150 Bear Necessities to patients in a 24-hour period on Nov. 29. Visit to donate and for more information.

Visit for a full list of organizations seeking support on Nov. 29.


Photo: Help make a hospital patient’s stay more bearable by supporting the MSHF Bear Necessities initiative.

Story submitted by Eva Laforteza-Recto.

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