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Giving Tuesday Encourages Charitable Donations in Dexter

The national campaign benefits local charities across Southeast Michigan.

Following two days of shopping and sales, nonprofit groups across the state are hoping local residents will consider making Tuesday a day of giving.

The Giving Tuesday campaign was developed by the Jewish Community Center in New York and the United Nations Foundation and aims to "create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season."

The idea is being promoted online via Twitter and other social media websites using the hashtag, #GivingTuesday.

The Salvation Army is encouraging Washtenaw County community members to join the movement by making an online donation at www.sawashtenaw.org or registering to ring a Red Kettle bell at www.registertoring.org and then spreading the word about their favorite charity.

Melanie Reyes Photography, a Dexter-based company, is offering photo sessions, with 50 percent of sales donated to Bridget Holtz, a relief nurse in Haiti.

The promotion includes $99 for a 20-minute session, including a portrait gallery with eight to 10 images and two 5x7 prints. Customers can choose an open weekend date between mid-January and mid-February.

For more information, visit http://www.melaniereyesphotography.com/blog.

For a list of participating charities, visit http://givingtuesday.org/get-involved/.

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