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What is Giving Tuesday?

#GivingTuesday™ is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday was on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we encouraged the WMU community to come together for #GivingTuesday to support Western Michigan University, and the did so in a big day.

On GivingTuesday, Western Michigan University received over 850 gifts from students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Broncos from all over stepped up to help other Broncos. Official numbers and a breakdown of Tuesday's gifts will be released this Friday. Thank you for your participation and for for making Tuesday, December 3, another Great Day to be a Bronco!

"Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever." — Margaret Cho

What is #Broncos4Broncos?

#Broncos4Broncos was started based on a very simple idea: students helping fellow students in need.

You may not know it, but every time you step foot on campus, there are students all around you who are hiding their struggles and worries. "How will I make rent?" "What will I eat?" "Can I get through the semester without buying or renting the books for my classes?"

For some, only a few dollars makes the difference between the motivation and energy to complete a degree, or packing up and leaving WMU. This is why scholarships exist. Scholarships don't just help all 'A' students. They help students in need, too.

You may be thinking "I don't have any money," but you don't need to contribute much to help a student from foster care, a migrant worker, a veteran, or anyone who needs an extra hand.

Consider spending a night at home this week, and donating the dollars you would have spent out to help another student who is worse off than you. Consider passing on that used video game and instead keeping a fellow student on campus. Consider brewing your own coffee at home a few times this month instead of stopping at the coffee shop, and donating that money to another student.

When we all come together to give a little bit, the impact can be huge. Let's show the world that we care about each other. Let's set a standard of helping each other out. So, the next time you're on campus, take a look around. The person sitting right next to you in class could need help—and you have the power to make a difference.

Are you someone in need of financial assistance? Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information about financial aid and scholarships at Western Michigan University.