Charitable Dames gearing up for Giving Tuesday

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The Charitable Dames, a women’s nonprofit group, was founded in Smyrna in August of this year and holds social fundraisers to help those in need in the local community. The next fundraiser is on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — Giving Tuesday, a movement founded in 2012 to promote giving back to the community the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, has grown across the nation and local organizations such as the Charitable Dames of Delaware have become heavily involved.

“On Tuesday, Dec. 1, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give,” said Charitable Dames member Amber Frushon, of Smyrna.

“This is a great way for nonprofits to reach out to their local communities to spread the word about their mission and raise money to do those things that many of us forget about in our everyday hustle and bustle.”

Giving Tuesday was founded by the 92nd Street YMCA in New York to be an annual followup to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, both days dedicated to consumerism. According to, more than 30,000 nonprofits support Giving Tuesday in 68 different countries.

According to the Case Foundation, an estimated $45.7 million was raised on Giving Tuesday in 2014.

Although many nonprofits and charitable organizations use Giving Tuesday solely for fundraising, the Dames are using Tuesday to promote their next fundraiser, an Ugly Sweater mixer at Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna on Thursday.

Tickets are $10 at the door and a cash bar will be available. A contest for ugliest sweater will also be held. The mixer is from 6 to 9 p.m. Sock donations also will be accepted at the door for The Shepherd Place, a Dover homeless shelter for women and their children. Guests who donate a pair of socks will receive one free drink ticket.

The funds raised at the event will go toward the Dames’ mission of helping those in need build better lives for themselves. Just a few of the projects they work on are providing less-fortunate children with school supplies, assisting students with necessities to participate in extracurricular activities, providing mentorship to women wishing to further their education and offering a success program to help women create a résumé, practice interview skills and, for those in need, possibly receive a haircut and new clothes for interviews.

Now through Dec. 15, the Charitable Dames are holding a sock drive for The Shepherd Place. Socks are one of the most needed but the least donated items at shelters. Dropoffs can be made at The Celtic Pub and Tender Loving Kare in Smyrna and Amore Bridal in Dover.

The Dames were founded in August and meet monthly. For more information about the organization or to learn about becoming a member, email

To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit Additionally, the Delaware State News is running full-page ads today and Tuesday from organizations in need of help during Giving Tuesday.

Editor’s note: Amber Frushon is an advertising manager at the Delaware State News.


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