Shop Local and Give to Those in Need in Naperville

Ask most people what the day after Thanksgiving is called and chances are you’ll hear that it’s “Black Friday,” a day dedicated to super savings before the holidays.

But Friday isn’t the only day of the week that has special meaning this holiday season. Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to consider stores unique to the area.

“It basically is to recognize and celebrate all of the locally owned small businesses that are downtown. If everyone continued to shop for the big boxes, the small business will no longer be here,” said Midge Good, Manager at the Naperville Running Company.

Besides helping those businesses, shopping local also means supporting your community, no matter what or who you’re shopping for.

“When you’re really considering shopping small and shopping those locally independently owned businesses, for every $100 spent, $68 dollars stays within the community through taxes, different things like that. Now if you shop at a chain, even across the street, only $43 stays in the community,” said AdreAnne Tesene, Owner of Two Bostons in Downtown Naperville.

After Small Business Saturday comes Giving Tuesday. No surprise, it’s a day where local shoppers can think of those less fortunate and give to those in need of a little help this holiday season.

This year Loaves and Fishes Community Services will be matching donations up to $55,000.

“At Loaves and Fishes last year we served over 19,000 people. In this time where a lot of families are coming together and celebrating the holidays, there’s a lot of families in need, and that’s what we’re all about at Loaves and Fishes is helping people, especially families that are in need,” said Mike Havala, President and CEO of Loaves and Fishes Community Services.

But it’s not just people that need help this holiday season. Many organizations like the Naperville Area Humane Society rely heavily on the community to help their furry friends.

“It’s kind of nice to go back to the basics of the holiday and remember the things that are really important, helping people, helping animals, helping your community,” said Kerin Smith, Development Coordinator at the Naperville Area Humane Society.

To donate to Loaves and Fishes or the Naperville Area Humane Society you can do so at their websites or in person.

Small Business Saturday is November 26 and Giving Tuesday is November 29.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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