When Malou of @givingtuesdaybarbados reached out to me on social media I was instantly intrigued about @givingtuesday and what the Organisation was. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Malou and I partnered for the highly successful #BajanGiving Book Drive. I provided direct access and selected the schools as @ggreadingliteracyaward is the largest Reading and Rewards Programme in the nation, and she coordinated the physical drop offs and collection of the books. We then rejoined to pack and deliver to the schools, almost 500 books together. This became not just a collaboration, but a solid friendship. The kind where you meet an individual with just as much love for philanthropy, heart and country as you do. That is rare. And I'm happy destiny brought us together to assist children across Barbados. This is what we are meant to do on this Earth. This is our purpose. This is truly: #BajanGiving