It goes without saying that as the holiday season arrives, we are continually reminded of our many blessings. Whether it be a dinner catching up with friends, or running around town checking names off our holiday gift list, we are constantly reminded of the good fortune in our lives.
Unfortunately, this time of year is particularly difficult for the homeless. This is our busiest time of year at the Open Door Mission, as we provide refuge for men, women, and children who are hungry for help and hope. It is particularly heartbreaking to witness this urgent need in a time that for so many brings abundance and joy.
This is why I am excited to tell you about TAGG (Together A Greater Good), a local company who launched a smartphone app that lets us help the homeless any time – even in the middle of our holiday hustle and bustle! TAGG has partnered with over 75 local charitably-minded business who have agreed to donate 5% of your purchase to the Open Door Mission when you use the app there. This means you can support the Open Door Mission as a part of your everyday activities – with no additional cost to you.
How it works:
1) Download the free mobile app (Search for Together A Greater Good on the Google Play or Apple Store)
2) Visit participating businesses (listed on the app). Tap the TAGG My Purchase button on the app and enter the amount. Tell the server/cashier, pay as ususal, and they will provide a card to scan to complete the TAGG.
3) Choose the Open Door Mission. The business will then donate 5% back to us!
As an extra bonus, Husker Siding, Windows & Roofing has offered to match all donations made through TAGGED purchases between now and the end of the year, only for the Open Door Mission!
I can’t think of a better way to give thanks for my holiday blessings than to share them real-time with those less fortunate. Please join me in making TAGG an everyday part of your routine, this holiday season and beyond.
CEO and President of Open Door Mission