The weekend after Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday shopping season in the United States and even beyond. To help make these days count, Small Business Saturday (Nov 28) and Museum Store Sunday (Nov 29) were created to direct at least some of that shopping to places where your patronage can do the most good, in the small businesses that support local communities and in the museum stores that support your favorite museums.
And #GivingTuesday follows (Dec 1) to remind you to give to support the nonprofits whose work makes lives better for all of us by promoting the social good through arts and culture, education, social services, political activism, and social and scientific research.
Our museum store, like many other museums and small businesses, must remain closed to the public this year, but a wide selection of the good we offer on-site are available in our online store. We are extending free shipping on all orders over $50 through the holiday season. Take a look and get a start on your holiday shopping now!
And please support other small businesses and museums! Find participating small businesses near you on the Small Business Saturday website and participating museum stores on the Museum Store Sunday website.
Please remember to give what you can on #GivingTuesday. Donate to BHoF at bhof.link/give2020 (or text BQ2020 to 44-321 to give by text) and find your other favorite nonprofits online and give to them too.
This year, nonprofits around the world are struggling, with new expenses and hardships to overcome due to the pandemic and reduced revenue due to so many of their traditional donors being out of work or furloughed. The services they provide, from advocating for safer environmental conditions in your communities, to helping homeless people get back on their feet, to supplying protesters so they can keep fighting for our rights, to monitoring human rights abuses in the US and around the world, to sustaining the arts in museums and theaters and schools, to making sure your voice gets heard by local and national lawmakers, and on and on – these services literally make life possible and worth living.
Nonprofits support us in a million ways throughout the year; if you can, please support them back.