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Get Ready for Giving Tuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many people focus on their holiday and year-end giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday has become a global movement that celebrates and supports philanthropy, and unites people through our capacity to care for and empower one another.

Rush Copley participates in Giving Tuesday as a means of spurring giving to improve the health of our community. Visitors donating online can give to one or more of a number of beneficiaries. Gifts are also gladly accepted by phone or mail via cash, check, credit card, and gifts of appreciated stock.

For example, one of the charitable funds you may choose to support is our Community Care Fund, which assists patients who might otherwise be unable to afford the medications, canes or walkers they need in order to stay healthy.

Another fund offers Diabetes Education to patients whose insurance doesn’t cover this important coaching that can help them avoid acute episodes, hospitalizations and the potentially serious long-term complications of diabetes.

The Lynn Barclay Big Heart Family Fund was spearheaded by one of Rush Copley’s pediatric and family medicine practices in Oswego to advance the health and well-being of our neediest pediatric patients and their families. The Fund provides health and safety equipment like car seats, thermometers, play yards, and books. Support for this fund coalesced around the retirement of Lynn Barclay, who worked as a pediatric nurse here for more than 35 years, and whose kindness, generosity and positive attitude inspired her colleagues to launch the fund.

When you combine exciting charitable opportunities like these with a growing movement like Giving Tuesday, you have a recipe for using our collective power to amplify the impact of multiple small acts of kindness. Please help us harnesses this potential to build health and bring about real change in Aurora and the surrounding communities where we live this year.