It follows the billions of dollars in sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

It's a day aimed at your heart, head and wallet.

It's Giving Tuesday.

A global day of giving driven by social media.

In Ottawa, charities are urging area residents to donate to a favourite cause today.

From the Telfer School at uOttawa to the Shepherds of Good Hope, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to help out your neighbours and community with a financial contribution.

In other cases, it could be a donation of clothes or food.

For some, it's also an opportunity to lessen the guilt from the all out of Christmas shopping blitz of last weekend.

Giving Tuesday raised $177 million in the United States in 2016.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised in the Ottawa area. See a full list of #GivingTuesday partners in Ottawa.