GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. It has now grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

The date refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

This GivingTuesday, Ohio River Foundation (ORF) has set an ambitious goal of raising $5,000 to plant 1,000 trees in 2020. ORF regularly plants trees and removes harmful invasive plants as part of its habitat restoration work. Such habitats are not only better for our native species, but they also lead to cleaner water thanks to reduced runoff. Additionally, planting trees can help fight climate change.

According to i-Tree, just one red maple growing for 20 years in Ohio can help reduce greenhouse gases and improve the air quality by:

• removing 3,100 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere;

• intercepting 27,000 gallons of rainfall and avoid 4,800 gallons of runoff; and

• filtering 15 pounds of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe.

Please help us reach this goal!