After the madness of Black Friday and the boom of Cyber Monday, a new trend has formed over the last four years that aims to encompass what Mike Hibdon, executive director of Prodigal Sons and Daughters, says the holidays are really about — giving.
Giving Tuesday, better recognized as #GivingTuesday, is a response to the commercialism and consumerism that this time of year has become.
“It’s really just a day dedicated to giving back,” said Hibdon. “We at Prodigal Sons & Daughters want to invite the community to give back to our organization on that day because it’s such a great cause.”
Prodigal Sons & Daughters is a Christ-centered addiction recovery ministry located in Turlock that provides outpatient recovery services for teens and adults who are struggling with drugs and/or alcohol, as well as preventative measures.
“We’re a one of a kind outreach that takes a ‘whole-family’ approach,” said Hibdon. “We are looking to create a stir about what we do here, as so many people benefit from our programs.”
On Tuesday, Prodigal Sons & Daughters will be taking part in Giving Tuesday by giving out a tri-tip lunch and a prodigal coffee travel cup or water bottle with a donation, as well as having an open house for people to learn more about what the organization is all about.
“Drugs and alcohol is a plight in our community, so if you’re going to give back this is the place to do it,” said Hibdon “The money goes straight to programming and helping our clients.”
Hibdon suggested that although homelessness is an issue being addressed in the area, about 90 percent of those who are homeless are in part because of drugs and alcohol.
“Building a homeless shelter won’t stop them from abusing,” said Hibdon. “Our programs are a great opportunity for the community.”
For more information call Mike Hibdon at 634-3538, check out their Facebook page or visit prodigalsonsanddaughters.com.