Places to Donate on Giving Tuesday 2020 in Central Florida .. #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday following Black Friday is designated as Giving Tuesday, which is a movement that encourages people to help others through donations of money and time.

Thousands of organizations in the state have signed up to participate, including the Orlando and Central Florida area. And the need is even greater with the pandemic and subsequent job losses this year.

Even $1-$5 will help, when multiplied by others giving, and some donations will be matched when made today.

If you don’t have a specific cause in mind, may we suggest the following organizations we feel do a lot of good in Central Florida:

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Guide to 2020 Holiday Events in Central Florida .. #LoveOrlando #OrlandoHolidays

CitySurfing Orlando's Guide to 2020 Holiday Events in Central Florida

The winter holiday season in Orlando is usually full of festivals and events celebrating Christmas and other holidays, but with the pandemic, the 2020 holiday season looks very different.

But there are still plenty of events to enjoy, and I’ve picked out the best ones (and the ones adhering to safety guidelines of masks and social distancing).

From ongoing events to limited time events, here are my picks for holiday events to enjoy this season:

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Give Kids the World Hosts First-Ever ‘Night of a Million Lights’ for the Holidays .. #GKTW #Holidays #NightOfAMillionLights

Give Kids the World  - Night of a Million Lights

Earlier this summer, Give Kids the World (GKTW) temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but it has reopened for the holidays to host its first ever “Night of a Million Lights” event for visitors to enjoy.

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Places to Donate on Giving Tuesday 2019 in Central Florida .. #GivingTuesday @wmfeorlando @cfl_homeless @thedruproject @gktwvillage @ harborhousefl @hfuw @GLBTOrlando @MicheLeePuppets @mustardseedoffl @petallianceGO @RMHCCF @feedhopenow @vscflorida @ShepherdsHope

Giving Tuesday 2019 in Central Florida

The Tuesday following Black Friday is designated as Giving Tuesday, which is a movement that encourages people to help others through donations of money and time.

Thousands of organizations in the state have signed up to participate, including the Orlando and Central Florida area.

If you don’t have a specific cause in mind, may we suggest the following organizations we feel do a lot of good in Central Florida:

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup September 22, 2018: Holler and Dash, Pharmacy, Earth Fare, and More

Holler and Dash has introduced a healthy new brunch dish for fall...the Everyday I'm Brusselin' Bowl

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several openings and closings, new menu items, free coffee and doughnuts, and more. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Holler and Dash has introduced a healthy new brunch dish for fall. The “Everyday I’m Brusselin’ Bowl” (pictured above) features shaved brussels sprouts, sun dried cranberries, apples, pecorino cheese, and lemon dijon vinaigrette. It’s available at all seven locations in the Southeast, including Holler and Dash Celebration.

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O-Town MacDown Returns August 20 to Kissimmee for Give Kids the World

O-Town MacDown returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on August 20, 2016.

Get your taste buds ready! The O-Town MacDown returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on August 20, 2016.

The event is a family-fun, mac-n-cheese cooking competition benefiting Give Kids The World, and features talented chefs and caterers from all around Orlando serving up some of the best mac-n-cheese dishes on the planet.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up April 22, 2016: The COOP, Bad As’s Sandwiches, Four Seasons Orlando

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, cocktail dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Chef John Rivers will be joined by Chef Greg Richie at The COOP

Chef John Rivers will be joined by Chef Greg Richie (of Soco Thorton Park and Baoery Asian Gastropub) for the next installment of The COOP‘s Chef Series on Wednesday, April 27.

The interactive demo will include Chef Richie’s Chicken Fried Steak with Truffled Pan Gravy and Chef Rivers’ Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding. Samples of the demo dishes will be served, and each guest will leave with recipe cards.

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Out and About: IAAPA 2015 in Review

One of the biggest events I cover in Orlando every year is the IAAPA convention at the Orange County Convention Center, and this year was no exception.

IAAPA convention at the Orange County Convention Center

The first two days are heavy with press events, touting the latest rides and attractions. Then the last two days are just walking the floor finding things of interest, and trying all the great food offerings – think carnival food and quick eats.

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Out and About: O-Town MacDown Served Up the Mac-n-Cheese Goodness for Give Kids the World

What could be better than a room full of different varieties of mac and cheese? When it’s all for charity. And that’s what happened this Saturday when the O-Town MacDown returned this weekend to raise money for Give Kids the World.

Chef Booth of Hard Rock Cafe wins People's Choice Award at O-Town MacDown 2015

We arrived at opening to get some shots of the various booths, but it wasn’t long before we were succumbing to the delicious smells and started to taste the samples. With over 40 booths participating, we had quite a few samples to try, and it wasn’t long before most of the booths had lines, including Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen.

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O-Town Mac Down Brings Cheesy Goodness to Kissimmee for Give Kids the World Sept 12 #OTownMacDown

Get your appetites ready! The O-Town Mac Down is returning for it’s second year on September 12 to help raise funds for Give Kids the World.

The O-Town Mac Down to benefit Give Kids the World

The O-Town Mac Down features talented chefs and caterers from around Orlando putting forth their best mac and cheese dish to see whose recipe is the best in Orlando.

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Out and About: Give Kids the World Blogger Bash ’15

This weekend, I joined many other Central Florida bloggers at the 3rd Give Kids the World Blogger Bash. The event gathered us together to let us know more about the organization, and to give us the information we need to help promote them.

Give Kids the World Blogger Bash

We gathered in the new on-property Town Hall, which just opened in June of this year. The main room features kids height tables and chairs that are still adult-friendly, and it was there that we learned more about Give Kids the World.

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#GivingTuesday Doubles Donations to Give Kids the World on December 2, 2014 @gktwvillage

Give Kids the WorldIf you’ve been thinking of donating to Give Kids the World, do it on Tuesday, December 2, when your donation will be doubled.

On #GivingTuesday an anonymous donor will match every donation made, up to $20,000.

To make your donation count, wait until December 2, then visit gktw.org/givingtuesday. This donation page will only be accessible on December 2nd and will be open for 24 hours.

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Taverna Opa Orlando Hosts Haunted Casino Benefit for Give Kids The World October 29, 2014

Taverna Opa Orlando hosts the Lucky 7 Haunted CasinoEat great food, and enjoy a fun night out when Taverna Opa Orlando hosts the Lucky 7 Haunted Casino on October 29, with proceeds to benefit the awesome Give Kids the World.

Husband-and-wife duo Katerina and Vassilis Coumbaros will host the charity event in partnership with Where Orlando. For one-night-only the restaurant will transform into a “spooked” casino featuring live entertainment including a live magician show, a pumpkin carver and contortionists.

For a suggested $7 door donation, guests will receive tokens to revel in black jack and poker, among other casino games.

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