PYD Ready to Run its 2017 #GivingTuesday Campaign

Young man that uses arm braces giving a thumbs up

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! Most everyone knows about Thanksgiving. Less may know about Giving Tuesday—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, it’s November 28th. Gratitude is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, while Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to show how grateful you are to your community by offering help along with a pinch of love.

For those who are not familiar with Giving Tuesday, it aims to celebrate people’s generosity. And asks you to act! The holiday was created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation in the hopes of encouraging more people to give to non-profits locally, nationally and internationally. Since then, large and small organizations alike have  embraced the day.

As a non-profit organization that illuminates the potential of all youth with disabilities, PYD seeks financial donations, in-kind gifts, volunteer support and many other types of contributions. On Giving Tuesday, our focus is to raise monetary funds through donations to continue our award-winning mentoring and inclusion programs that empower youth of all abilities.

“Girl with a heart” drawing by student from Westford Academy’s Community Art Club

We have received amazing support on Giving Tuesday’s of year’s past, and would like to give back to donors in a unique way this year. A customized thank you art piece will be sent to everyone who donates to PYD on Giving Tuesday. We realize that while words may have limits, art has no boundaries. Therefore, in addition to a thank you note and special gift, we will be creating unique thank you’s using one-of-a-kind art pieces specially provided by the Westford Academy Community Art Club. Art can convey a lot of emotion. We hope to use our thank you art to deliver our happiness and gratefulness to you.

Giving is a beautiful thing. We invite you to make a donation, and hope to inspire you to give generously to PYD on Giving Tuesday for a bright, inclusive future. You may give securely here. Or reach out to Nicole directly if you would like to make a gift:, 617-556-4075 x17.

If you would like to help PYD in another way, consider becoming a volunteer. If you’re inspired artistically, you can create your own piece of art and share it on social media, tagging @PYDboston with the #IAMPYD hashtag.  By sharing your own artwork, you can encourage others to join us for a good cause.

This post was written by  Yuxin (Cathy) Dai, Yidan Gao, Lavinia Fung and Samantha Santoro of the BU PRLab. Edited by Nicole Malo.