ryanseacrest americanidol 290 'American Idol's' Ryan Seacrest prompts '12 Days of Giving'Oprah Winfrey will have a 12 days of gifting treat, but Ryan Seacrest is proposing something a little more altruistic.

The “American Idol” host wants us to take part in 12 days of giving. Basically, it’s all about helping out a charitable cause in some way for 12 days straight, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, which happens to be World AIDS Day.

Besides spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook, what does Seacrest expect us to do? Buy a handcrafted beverage from Starbucks, clothes from the Gap, some hardware from Dell and something from Bugaboo. Portions of the sales from these (RED) partners will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

For more info, check out Joinred.com or follow Joinred on Twitter.

In contrast, Oprah Winfrey’s 12 days consist of a limited number of her lucky viewers receiving a total of 46 of Oprah’s favorite gifts over 12 days.

In other “Idol” news, Season 7’s Luke Menard celebrates his 31st birthday Tuesday. Happy Birthday, Luke!

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