By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After Cyber Monday, today is Giving Tuesday.
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Launched in New York in 2012, Giving Tuesday quickly spread across the country, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to various groups across the country and right here in Pittsburgh.
It’s an important day for charities and nonprofits every year, but it’s very special this year as Pittsburghers head for a second Christmas season amid the COVID pandemic.
Locally, Give Big Pittsburgh is the central point of contact for everyone who wants to donate online.
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The website contains links to hundreds of area organizations that accept donations.
One such organization is 412 Food Rescuewhich focuses on preventing food waste and providing healthy food to those most in need.
Co-founder and CEO Leah Lizarondo said her nonprofit was as committed this year as it was last year, when many quarantined Americans battled an unprecedented pandemic.
“In 2021 the need continues and although the crisis has not yet reached its peak, we want people to know that we are here in the long term, especially since new variants make life so unstable for many,” Lizarondo said on Monday KDKA.com. “Every donation goes to benefit those most in need.”
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According to Lizarondo, anyone can download the 412 Food Rescue app and sign up to help with a food rescue, which mostly takes between 30 and 60 minutes.