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Tennessee Charities Participate in "Giving Tuesday"

Credit tncoalition.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/tnnewsserve)  --  With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now in the books, people around the state and nation are being asked to think of others on this "Giving Tuesday."

Co-founder Henry Timms says that can include donating money or time to a favorite charitable group. A new spin this year is having folks post what he calls an "unselfie" on social media.

"Share a picture of you doing something useful for others. Share a picture of a cause that matters deeply to you. Do something unselfish around Giving Tuesday."

Among the Tennessee nonprofits taking part is the Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Executive director Kathy Walsh says in addition to donations to help support their programing, they also hope Giving Tuesday will raise awareness.

"Domestic and sexual violence are a serious problem in Tennessee. Many think that it is one of the most committed and under-reported crimes. And, in fact, currently Tennessee ranks sixth in the nation in the number of women who are killed by men every year."

Since its first annual event last year, Giving Tuesday has grown to include more than eight-thousand partners in all 50 states.