SHOP, GIVE LOCAL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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    SHOP, GIVE LOCAL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

    by State Rep. Tim O’Brien (R-Evansville) 

    TV commercials and email advertisements are reminding shoppers frequently about Black Friday deals. While it’s fun to search for discounts, two other days make a big difference in our communities, Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday.

    Saturday, Nov. 27, is a great day to support our hardworking neighbors who run, manage and operate their own small businesses. Whether enjoying a meal out at a locally owned restaurant or purchasing homemade desserts for holiday get-togethers, we can all do our part to support small businesses this year and beyond. Downtown Evansville is hosting a Small Business Saturday event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including special free shopping bags, live music, pop-up vendors, free gift wrapping and numerous sales. In addition to downtown restaurants being open, local food trucks Bruce Li and QB’s BBQ will be available.

    After the shopping weekend, Tuesday, Nov. 30, is an opportunity to support nonprofits that give so much to our community. Giving Tuesday, launched in 2012, is a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world,” according to its website. Visit greatnonprofits.org to search for charities to support. I recently visited YouthFirst, which helps to strengthen youth and families through programs to prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors and maximize student success. I learned about their Youth First Social Workers, which are specialized mentors available to assess and address student, family and school needs. YouthFirst is always in need of volunteers and donations. Visit youthfirstinc.org/supportto get involved.

    Local businesses and nonprofits give so much to our community, and I encourage you to join me in supporting them this holiday season and all year long.

    FOOTNOTE: State Rep. Tim O’Brien (R-Evansville) represents House District 78,
    which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

     

     

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