#GivingTuesday at START

#GivingTuesday at START!



                In recent years, a new tradition has emerged in. As a response to the spending that generally accompanies the days immediately following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday was created. We’re asking for your help this year to make it the best year yet.

                One of the key aspects of Giving Tuesday is that its proximity to the holidays allows for it to be tied into existing campaigns meant to aid people throughout the season of giving. Such is the case for START, as we have just launched our annual START Toy Drive, through which we aim to provide gifts for every child and grandchild of every patient at START. Last year, that meant over 600 individual gifts. This year, we are anticipating even more.

                On top of our toy drive, we have also begun making plans to expand our newest program. Teen START is an outpatient adolescent mental health clinic, and in just over a year of operations, it has already reached its patient capacity. It’s even begun to drawn praise throughout the New York medical community. Among other similar stories, one cardiologist recently relayed that her patients’ blood pressure improved as a result of the care being given to their grandchildren at Teen START.

                In light of these efforts, we now ask you to consider joining the Giving Tuesday movement this year by making a donation to START or sharing our page with your family and friends at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/start-givingtuesday. Many companies will also have policies to match employee gifts on this day, so if you are so moved as to donate, please also take the time to find out if you can double your gift via your employer.

                Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be fun and you might save some money, but on Giving Tuesday, you can brighten another family’s holiday season and so much more, empowering START to continue its life-saving work over the year to come.