#UAHDayofGiving UPDATE: Donors gave nearly $7,500 in online fundraiser to benefit programs

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - After several days of blockbuster deals designed to have shoppers to spend, spend, spend, Tuesday brings the opportunity to give.

Globally, December 2 is referred to as #GivingTuesday.  It's a day established in 2012 dedicated to giving back.

Here in the Tennessee Valley, the University of Alabama in Huntsville is hosting its first-ever #UAHDayofGiving.

[UPDATE:  Jennifer Brost  from UAH reports the university received a total of $7,425 during the 24 hour fundraiser!  "We are excited about that," she wrote.]

Here's background on how it played out during Giving Tuesday:

It's a new fundraising effort that invites UAH alumni, students, faculty, staff and community supporters to join the global movement by making a one-time online donation in support of the university.

Organizers say social media will play a large part in #UAHDayofGiving.  Donors can follow Facebook and Twitter for updates on what has been raised.

The university's goal is to raise $25,000.

Students are also encouraged to stop by the lobby of Charger Union from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday to write thank you cards to donors or have their pictures taken to commemorate the first #UAHDayofGiving.

Donations can be designated to any area of the university, including a specific college, scholarship, program, or sports team.