Google Celebrating 'Giving Tuesday' With Online Hangout for Donations
Google is providing a special online Google+ "Hangout-a-thon" for people to make donations to their favorite charities on Dec. 3, known as "Giving Tuesday."Google will host its first-ever "Hangout-a-thon" on Dec. 3 to allow online visitors to make donations to their favorite charities as part of the annual "Giving Tuesday," which was begun in 2012 by New York City's 92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (92nd Street Y). The second annual event helps to raise money for a wide range of organizations, and Google is helping to promote it this year through a special Google+ Hangout created so that donors and fundraising groups can be brought together online. "Tomorrow, on Giving Tuesday—an annual one-day event that encourages people to make donations to their favorite charities—we're making it easier for you to connect with a worthy cause through the first-ever 'Hangout-a-thon' on Google+," wrote Ramya Raghavan, head of politics and causes for Google. "Starting at 9 a.m. EST tomorrow on the Giving Tuesday Google+ page, you can join nonprofit organizations working to improve clean water access, eliminate bullying, and provide disaster relief in the Philippines." Participants who join the Hangout to make donations will be able to talk with celebrity guests who will be standing by at the other end to take the donations, wrote Raghavan. "Learn more about their work, ask questions and connect directly to the people they're helping," wrote Raghavan. "Celebrities such as Jennifer Garner, Chris Daughtry and Sophia Bush will stop by to join in on the fun, and you can also donate to the charity of your choice while watching the Hangout."
The online event will continue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.