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Support traditions of giving for the holidays

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To the Editor:

Holiday traditions of giving make this season special because those of you who give are making our community -- or nation, or world -- a better place to live. At Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, we encourage traditions of giving because we know that without generous donations from our donors, someone will not be fed this holiday season. It's hard to imagine that neighbors in our community don't have enough to eat, but it is a harsh reality in Middle Tennessee.

November 29 is Giving Tuesday, which we are celebrating as Giving Food Day. In its fifth year, Giving Tuesday is a national movement that celebrates and encourages giving. While the post-Thanksgiving holiday is best known for Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals, Giving Tuesday is dedicated to helping others, like the one in five children at risk of hunger in our community.

You can provide food for those in need by donating to our Virtual Food Drive -- an online fund-raising page -- to ensure that every family in Middle Tennessee can share a holiday meal with the people they love. And, thanks to a matching gift, your donation on Giving Food Day will be DOUBLED, so every dollar you give can provide eight meals.

Act now by visiting our website, secondharvestmidtn.org, or learn more about other traditions of giving this holiday season. Remember, your generosity makes a difference.

Jaynee Day

President and CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

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