Giving Tuesday: How to Lend a Hand This Holiday

With the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, the holidays go hand in hand with the spirit of giving. Dubbed Giving Tuesday or Green Tuesday, your favorite brands and retailers are working to benefit charitable causes close to heart. Aldo is taking to Twitter with the help of Mashable, all is takes is a tweet tagged with the brand’s Twitter handle and #GivingTuesday, and they will donate $5 each tweet to the American Red Cross. Offline, there are donations boxes set up in all New York locations to benefit the recovery effort of Superstorm Sandy.

If you’ve already stepped up your shoe game, Lush is also assisting those in need with a few eco-friendly favorites. The Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion is made with fair trade organic cocoa butter with 100% of proceeds going to the brand’s Charity Pot fund to support worthy causes in animal welfare, humanitarian concerns, and environmental conservation. Inspired by the London riots, the Peace Massage Bar uses cocoa beans sourced from a small village in Columbia that strives for peace in the midst of turmoil. Talk about thoughtful gift giving!