We can admit we were a little gluttonous last weekend. Between the pumpkin pie and the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, it's time to change it up and give back to the community. That's where Giving Tuesday comes in. While promoting generosity in the form of donations to various organizations, the experience can be tracked online via #GivingTuesdayPHL.
Here are a few charitable events taking place today, Tuesday, Dec. 2.
How about a freebie? Starting at 8 a.m., fans of the Philadelphia Orchestra can reserve tickets for a free Giving Tuesday concert at the Kimmel Center (300 S. Broad St.). Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy pre-concert festivities including holiday music and interactive "Conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra" activities. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a program that includes "Waltz of the Flowers" from The Nutcracker and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."
Keeping up with our tech-fueled world, the new Philadelphia Orchestra LiveNote app, which follows the music and provides fun facts, will be available for three works on the program.
Here's where the giving kicks in: Attendees are asked to bring donations of new or gently used winter wear to support Cradles to Crayons.
Usually, pay-what-you-wish days at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) land on Wednesdays, however in the spirit of the day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will offer pay-what-you-wish admission.
If in the midst you work up an appetite, three restaurants — The Farm and the Fisherman (1120 Pine St.), Tria Café (123 S. 18th St. and 1137 Spruce St.) and Pitruco Pizza (22nd and Brown Streets) — are all donating 30% of dinner proceeds to the Food Trust. Get to The Farm and the Fisherman between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., Tria Café any time after noon and Pitruco Pizza between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
While these are only a few ways of how to promote the #GivingTuesdayPHL love, many other organizations are also accepting donations today.