Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to encourage generosity and altruism. The holidays are an ideal time to share our blessings and fortunes with others who may be less fortunate. Many charities find this time the busiest of the year and funds are needed to help the great work they do, hence #GivingTuesday couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Donations of any size can be life saving.
However, some of us may be on very tight budgets and unable to donate money. No worries …. Giving Tuesday is not just about monetary donations. There are TONS of meaningful ways one can give to help others.
The winter season is a challenging time for many of our blood banks and every 3 seconds, someone needs blood. When one donates a pint of blood it can help save up to 3 lives. And it doesn’t cost a cent.
The American Red Cross is accepting blood donations. Local blood drives can be found at redcross.org.
Vitalant has locations throughout the country that can accept your blood donation as well. Contact Vitalant here.
Collecting non perishable food items from your pantry, neighbors or coworkers can be done quickly, easily and when taken to a shelter or organization can feed hungry and malnourished people in your community.
How many of us have saved our clothes from high school hoping we’ll fit into them again? Well we won't ...so why hold on to a lost dream. Tons of clothes in your closet can clothe those in need of the community…and an extra benefit is now you’ll create extra space in your closet.
Many shelters and charities need all hands on deck during this time of year. Churches and temples organize community events as well and could use the extra manpower. Donating your time is worth hundreds of dollars for charities who sometimes need to hire people to help them accomplish the great work they do.
This is easy and fun where the neighborhood comes together to donate items they wish to sell, and all the money raised goes to a charity of choice.
Some families could use a service or product that your company provides. Offering a family in need of some surplus or an hour of your time could go a long way.
Juice Jacking, apparently, is a real thing. But at this point it doesn’t sound like it’s a widespread threat. What is it? Well, it involves someone loading malware on public charging stations so that when you plug your phone in via USB, it uploads the malway which might be able to lock your device, or worse - export data and passwords to a scammer. USB, as you may or may not know charges your phone but is also able to upload and download information. Which is exactly what the threat is all about.
LA has warned the public of the threat but when asked by reporters if they knew of any known cases on its books, officials couldn’t come up with any. It really does sound like, while it technically might be possible for someone to hijack your cell phone data in such a way, it’s unlikely to ever happen. After a round of Googling, security researchers across the web do say that they’ve seen proof-of-concepts in regards to such malway, but haven’t yet heard of a working public JuiceJacking prototype.
Finally, the major phones have upgraded protection software to protect against this kind of malware so … again, while it’s possible to get JuiceJacked - you’re probably safe.
That being said, there are a few things you can do to protect your phone: