October 1, 2018 – SAN DIEGO – Mayor Kevin Faulkner and San Diego-based organization International Relief Teams have declared November 27, 2018 as “Giving Tuesday Day” for the City of San Diego. This national day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving celebrates philanthropy and volunteerism where citizens can give to the charities they care about. This year, International Relief Teams is honored to bring awareness to this important day to the people of San Diego.
Giving Tuesday encourages San Diegans to harness the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity. Occurring this year on November 27, Giving Tuesday is held after Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give in impactful ways.
This year, International Relief Teams is asking San Diego citizens to support the neglected, abandoned, and abused children who live at the Kids Kingdom orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico. Plus, every gift will be doubled up to $10,000 thanks to a generous donor.
“We are thrilled to have Mayor Faulkner’s support this year on Giving Tuesday,” said Barry La Forgia, IRT’s Executive Director. “This is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to our local and global community at the beginning of the holiday season and share stories with them of the children at Kids Kingdom that need their support.”
International Relief Teams has been supporting all the children’s education and nutritional needs at the orphanage since 2011. Many of these children arrive at Kids Kingdom after living on the streets and without any previous schooling. The orphanage provides a warm, loving home for these kids who have never known emotional comfort and support. IRT and Kids Kingdom are dedicated to providing a safe environment where children can grow, thrive and become productive, flourishing adults.
International Relief Teams alleviates the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe, from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home, by sending volunteer teams and medical supplies to make immediate change for the world’s most vulnerable people.