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BILOXI, MS - AUGUST 30: Two men help a stranded motorist in floodwaters on Beach Blvd. on August 30, 2021 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Tropical Storm Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane yesterday in Louisiana and brought flooding and wind damage along the Gulf Coast. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Today is Giving Tuesday, a movement that promotes “the power of radical generosity” around the world and a new survey tells us just how much Americans are giving back to their communities. In the poll of 2-thousand people, 70% say this is the most wonderful time of the year to give back. And it seems they’re staying busy doing it, averaging eight good deeds a month, for a total of 96 in a year.

According to the survey, the top 10 good deeds Americans are doing monthly are:

  1. Be kind to strangers (55%)
  2. Actively recycle (55%)
  3. Pick up trash/litter around the neighborhood (49%)
  4. Donate money to charity (48%)
  5. Give money to homeless people they see on the streets (43%)
  6. Donate clothing to charity (38%)
  7. Volunteer (35%)
  8. Donate food to a food bank or shelter (32%)
  9. Pay it forward (like at a coffee shop or the grocery store) (35%)
  10. Donate blood (12%)

The poll also reveals:

  • 65% of respondents are making it a goal to donate more, with 62% planning to give at least $100 more before the end of the year.
  • 44% plan to donate to charity in honor of Giving Tuesday.
  • When choosing a charity to donate to, 69% prefer those that work locally and 60% are more likely to give to charities that help children.
  • As for what motivates people to give back, 72% say there’s nothing they enjoy more than helping others.
  • And 82% believe in helping people because it’s the right thing to do.

Source: SWNS Digital