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Black Friday! Cyber Monday! Giving Tuesday!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday traditionally kick off the frenzied holiday shopping season. But in recent years, we’ve experienced the “Black Friday creep” and “Cyber Weekend” as retailers release deals as early as October.

Some of the best deals typically seen during Black Friday and Cyber Monday are on items like TVs, laptops, small appliances, earbuds, online subscriptions and smartwatches.

While shopping deals are plentiful, an important day to remember this season is Giving Tuesday. The day after Cyber Monday, it’s a day to step away from the holiday rush and give back to your community by donating or volunteering.

Madison Mullinax, 360 Media, Inc., The Atlanta 100

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40th Annual el Tour de Tucson

Get in gear for one of the country’s premiere bicycling events, el Tour de Tucson – to commence and conclude at the Tucson Convention Center – on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Go the distance (a whopping 102 miles) or choose the route that meets your pedaling pace – in lengths of 62 and 32 miles, plus family FUN rides for a mile or three. Spectators are welcome along these routes to cheer on the more than 7,500 participants traveling via 15,000+ wheels.

P.S.: This event enables nonprofits and charitable agencies to raise funds for their respective organizations. Sign up or join an existing team.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona has families in need covered

In Southern Arizona, one in four babies is born without access to diapers – a vital resource not covered by government assistance programs.

Since 1996, the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona has been bridging the gap in available resources by providing Southern Arizona’s most vulnerable populations with the support (and supplies) they need – to the tune of 1.4 million diapers each year in our community.

Keen on helping out? Host a diaper drive, purchase items off of our Amazon Wishlist
and/or drop off donations with one of our partner organizations … all with the goal of keeping babies and their families covered.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Go on, take the plunge

Hardy souls across the region are invited to get “Freezin’ for a Reason” in support of Special Olympics athletes in Southern Arizona.

The 2023 SOAZ Polar Plunge, taking place on Saturday, March 25 in Tucson, is a very cool way for community members to support Coronado-area athletes by plunging into the icy waters of the Highland Vista Pool.

Individuals must raise a “bear” minimum of $25 to participate. Costumes are encouraged, spectators, too – plus music and food for a great cause.

Did you know 95% of every dollar raised goes directly to SOAZ? Dive in and register or donate today.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Gospel Rescue Mission offers a path to sobriety

William was a self-described “functioning addict” when his boss took him aside to help him get sober. What began with a 30-day program has exploded into 500+ days of sobriety – due to the recovery program at Gospel Rescue Mission.

“I felt as if my chains were broken … I was set free!” he said of getting sober, which allowed his relationship with God to grow. Today, William aspires to fling open the doors to recovery for others by helping them to heal and move forward.

On #TestimonyTuesday, he vowed to bring hope and transformation to others by becoming a recovery coach.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Forever homes for the holidays

Pet ownership is a real commitment that extends far beyond the frenzy of the holidays. While National Adoption Weekend has come and gone, there’s still time to help a pet in need cross a forever home off their holiday wish list this season.

Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, the community’s only open-admission shelter, is bursting at the seams with dozens upon dozens of dogs; in fact, the Kennel Capacity Meter is currently “red” or extreme.

If you and your family have room in your home and hearts, consider fostering or adopting today – and give the (reciprocal) gift of companionship.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Thanksgiving blessings to-go

The Gospel Rescue Mission of Tucson invites neighbors from far and wide to the Center of Opportunity for a free Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Everyone is welcome at this family-friendly hybrid event – to dine-in and enjoy turkey with all the trimmings (plus entertainment and fun activities for the kids). You may also drive-thru, if that’s more your style. Hygiene kits and nonperishable food items will also be available for all who attend.

Last year, Blessings to Go served 2,650 Thanksgiving meals; this year’s goal is to reach 3,000.

In everything, give thanks.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona prepares for Thanksgiving

For the one in nine people facing hunger in Arizona, supplemental nutrition could be a click away. This food-finder tool, searchable by zip code or cross street, points to pick-up locations for pantry items and prepared meals in all five counties across Southern Arizona.

Inclined to pitch in? Head to the annual Holiday Harvest food and fund drive Thursday, Nov. 10 at Sam’s Club (on River Road and Stone Avenue in Phoenix) and give the gift of non-perishable food items or cash donations – which will be generously matched by Tucson Electric Power up to $25,000.

Or give online today.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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2022 Walk for Apraxia

The Walk for Apraxia is the signature fundraising event for Apraxia Kids of Arizona. It brings together those touched by apraxia, uniting families and professionals in a community of support.

Events celebrate local Apraxia Stars – children with apraxia who receive a medal for their hard work – and raise funds for support programs that help them shine.

Take a step toward making the apraxia community stronger and ready for the journey ahead by registering for a Walk for Apraxia near you:

• Tucson Walk for Apraxia – Nov. 5 at Arthur Pack Regional Park

• Phoenix Walk for Apraxia – Nov. 19 at Granada Park

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Tucson nonprofit hosts community conversation during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

To honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse will facilitate “For the Love of Black Children” – a community conversation at the intersection of domestic abuse, racism and targeted violence.

The Oct. 12 event, at Tucson’s Dunbar Auditorium, will focus on the experience of Black mothers and allow space to discuss how to advocate for children’s safety – no matter the arena.

Since 1975, the nonprofit has been providing shelter and intervention services for those whose lives are being disrupted by violence and abuse.

To register for the event, or to receive more information about DVAW, visit their website.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100