Giving Tuesday encourages holiday shoppers to switch their focus

BISMARCK, N.D. - We've had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, all about gift buying. Tuesday the focus will be a little different. Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to donating time or gifts in your community. ​

Giving Tuesday started when the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation came together to set aside a day to celebrate the idea of giving back to a community.

Now, more than 30 businesses in the Bismarck-Mandan area are participating in the one-day event. The Salvation Army, is one of those donation spots and it's including 21st century technology, to help upkeep programs.

"Over a third of our income comes in during the Christmas season. So, it has to help us carry on the work through the rest of the years. So, these kinds of days are very important to us," said Salvation Army coordinator Maj. Nelson De La Vergne.

And, De La Verge, who has been with the Salvation Army for 37 years, says he joined the cause after he was helped as a child and wanted to give back to others.