Recent trends show that donating time and money may be more prominent than ever
Today marks yet another Black Friday, meaning that both physical and online shopping carts are currently being filled to the brim with slashed-priced items. This year, Americans are projected to spend even more than last year's record breaking total of $5 billion.
However, while Black Friday shopping continues to remain a staple of the holiday season, there is also a growing number of Americans who are opting for the hip trends of minimalism and experiences over possessions. According to recent Expedia survey, 74% of Americans prioritize experiences over buying new products, with millennials leading this charge. The study also noted that baby boomers are shifting towards a less is more mentality.
These lifestyle trends may also impact the amount of giving back we’re seeing during the holidays.
Last year, on Giving Tuesday, a national holiday created in an effort to combat Black Friday and Cyber Monday, donations skyrocketed 50 percent from the previous year, both in monetary donations and items. This year, that number is expected to increase yet again.
While some folks may find that their wallets are tight during the holidays, many people can afford to get rid of possessions that are doing nothing else but adding clutter to their home.
“Donating items is a great way to repurpose them and give someone else the opportunity to benefit from them,” says Greg Lais, the Executive Director at Wilderness Inquiry, a Minneapolis based non-for-profit organization that works towards offering inclusive outdoor adventures to all.
“Organizations like us benefit immensely off of donations, both in gear and money, so while you’re going out to purchase your new backpack or hiking boots, consider donating your old ones instead of throwing them away,” continues Lais, “even some of your old prized possessions that have some wear and tear can still be of value to others.”
So, if the trend of Americans, young and old, who are putting less emphasis on buying that new 50% off T.V. continues, the season of giving may finally live up to its name.
For more information on Wilderness Inquiry, visit their website or contact them at (612) 676-9400. If you’d like to make a donation, the organization accepts monetary donations year round and you can make a monetary donation on their donations page.