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Save Some Money, Share Some Money on Giving Tuesday

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - As we head into the last few weeks before Christmas, people will be scouring the web and brick and mortar stores to find great deals on everything they want.

In the true spirit of giving, WHNT NEWS 19 is taking action to help you save money, then share money with those who are less fortunate.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are plenty of incentives to shop.  In fact, there's a third holiday -- albeit unofficial -- to give you another reason to head back out and find a good deal on Tuesday.   Tuesday, December 3rd, is Giving Tuesday.

WHNT NEWS 19 found ways you can spend money shopping and help those less fortunate at the same time.

First, Buffalo Wild Wings is a place known for wings, beer and sports.  For the first time it's also a place trying to bring warmth to those who need it most.

"We called it Coats for Kids, but we'll take anything that we can give back," said Buffalo Wild Wings' General Manager Carter May.  This year is the first for the restaurant to offer a deal for your donation:  five dollars off your next visit for a new or gently used coat.  Dozens of people are taking them up on their offer.

"We've got coats for toddlers, we've got coats for teenagers, and then we've got coats for adults," said May.  "You know, there's a need everywhere."

The restaurants in Huntsville have collected about 100 coats to be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution.

As people are browsing the internet to find the best deals on Cyber Monday, there will be plenty of opportunities to save money with cheaper prices, and contribute to other charitable causes.

WHNT NEWS 19 found a site that lists some hot places for shopping that pledge to turn around and give a percentage of their earnings to your favorite cause.

For example, Kohl's Cares:  buy any of the department store chain's special Charlie Brown products at just five dollars each and 100% of the net profit will go to kids' health and education initiatives nationwide.
Since 2000, Kohl's says it has raised more than $231 million for charity!

Another example is a partnership between Target and Feed USA  to raise awareness about hunger and help feed the world.

Target sells a collection of more than 50 lifestyle products including bibs, collapsible bikes, iPhone cases, scarves, jewelry and bags.  Target pledges to make a donation to Feed USA with your purchase of eligible items.

Targets estimates one $30 messenger bag will provide 24 meals for one hungry family.

Last year more than 2,500 organizations across the country took part in Giving Tuesday, and benefitted from the generosity of more than 50 million people.

Giving Tuesday is an unofficial holiday, and it endorses no particular charity.  The goal is simply to promote giving to those in need.

So save some money, then share some money!  Good luck and happy holidays!