Centuries before European settlers landed on the Eastern shores of North America, tribes of Native Americans demonstrated their thanks each year in the form of harvest festivals. In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast, celebrating the colony’s first successful harvest. 389 years later we’re still giving thanks.
While the majority of Americans enjoy Thanksgiving day by sharing food with friends and family, in 2008 an innovative experiment was crafted by Epic Change co-founders Stacey Monk and Sanjay Patel. Aptly named TweetsGiving, the November 2008 event was a 48-hour celebration of gratitude and giving that successfully raised over $10,000 to build a classroom in Arusha, Tanzania.
The inaugural event was such a success that TweetsGiving 2009 is set for November 24 – 26, 2009. Partnering with Danny Brown‘s 12for12k Challenge, the objective is for participants to express their thanks using online social media tools as well as attend live events in support of this great cause.
The Children Express Their Gratitude
How You Can Participate
As a way to foster a creative environment around the promotion of this year’s TweetsGiving campaign, a series of groups have been set up. Please take a moment to sign up for those most appropriate to your talents.
- Show your gratitude on Twitter
- Give your thanks with a blog post
- Share the message on Facebook
- Mix a global gratitude jukebox
- Create a gratitude video library
- Capture the celebration in photos
- See if your city has a group set up
- Get active & become a Wild Turkey
We all have so much to be grateful for, and TweetsGiving is the perfect opportunity to share your blessings with others in the social media world and beyond. As Global Patriots, this year the goal is to go global – so wherever you live on this amazing planet, express your gratitude!
TweetsGiving is the perfect way for Global Patriots to show their gratitude!