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LAS VEGAS -- Black Friday and Cyber Monday has paved the way for a completely different holiday tradition, the first ever Giving Tuesday.

The movement is sweeping the nation to promote the season of giving to those less fortunate.

Whether it's time or money, Tuesday is the big day to give.

The new buzz already has a Twitter hash tag for the season's opening day of giving.

What started as a simple idea by a New York nonprofit is now becoming a nationwide trend.

It's a gift Las Vegas-area nonprofits desperately need this holiday season.

Sylvia Marchael of the Walter Hoving Home said more donations would gift the gift of hope.

"They would be helping building up the self-esteem of women that have been either molested growing up or been beaten by pimps, have never felt the love of a family," she said.

The nonprofit helps women whose lives have been shattered by drugs and alcohol.

Across town, Rev. Kelcey West is rebuilding hope for the future for high school students.

"We depend on people to support our cause and we have so many students each year who are in need of scholarship support," he said.

For the last 18 years, his 32nd Street theater nonprofit sent thousands of students on a college tour, showing them a glimpse of their future.

These gifts don't exactly fit under a tree.

But thousands of organizations in the valley hope this new tradition gives them a gift that keeps on giving.

"Tell us, ‘This tour encouraged me to come back and take my academics studies more serious,'" West said. "And so that's the gift."

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