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Giving Tuesday celebrates good deeds

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now in the books, people around the state and nation are being asked to think of others on this Giving Tuesday.

Henry Timms, co-founder of Giving Tuesday, says that can include donating money or time to a favorite charitable group. And a new spin this year is having folks post what Timms calls an "unselfie" on social media.

"Share a picture of you doing something useful for others," he said. "Share a picture of a cause that matters deeply to you. Do something unselfish around Giving Tuesday."

Among the nonprofit organizations taking part in Tennessee is the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Executive Director Kathy Walsh said in addition to donations to help support the coalition's programing, members of the organization also hope to raise awareness.

"Domestic and sexual violence are a serious problem in Tennessee," she said. "Many think that it is one of the most committed and under-reported crimes. And, in fact, currently Tennessee ranks sixth in the nation in the number of women who are killed by men every year."

Since its first event last year, Giving Tuesday has grown to include more than 8,000 partners in all 50 states.

Walsh said the coalition's efforts to reduce the prevalence are wide-ranging, including direct services for victims in crisis and statewide efforts on public policy.

"The coalition has been around for over 30 years," she said, "and we've done a lot of work helping communities develop programs, so that we can increase safety and protection for victims and try to hold perpetrators more accountable."

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