the gift of giving

The weather is colder, families are closer, and my awareness is heightened as to how lucky I really am. So I find, this time of year especially, my thoughts turning to the idea of giving to others. Giving to those less fortunate, loved ones, co-workers, and my community. The idea of giving is an easy one for me, but how to give and who to give to is the part that I tend to struggle with. That’s when I turn to CanadaHelps.

Erin

CanadaHelps is dedicated to increasing charitable giving across the country by making it easier to donate and fundraise online for any charity. Their website is easy to navigate and search for a category, type of organization, or area that you want to give in and they email you a charitable tax receipt right after you donate and again come tax time. Plus, they do great work for small charities ensuring that they have access to the fundraising tools and education they need to succeed – even if they can’t afford the for-profit alternatives.

Giving, for me, has always been a way to show my appreciation for the things I love. I have an arts background, so I like to give to arts organizations including the Arts Council of New Westminster, which I am on the board of, as I believe that arts are an essential part of people’s lives. I have a few other favourite charities that get my love as well. The Terry Fox Foundation holds a place dear to my heart. I remember Terry Fox starting his Marathon of Hope when I was eight. I remember my heart breaking when we all found out he wouldn’t finish. And I see the impact his legacy has made on my son’s generation when he participates in the annual run himself and raises money in Terry’s memory.

Another charity that has become important to me recently is the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. My son had minor surgery there earlier this year, and the care and attention he received was unparalleled, so I do whatever I can to support them.

I especially love giving the gift of giving to my loved ones. Does my mother need another pair of crazy socks, my dad another pair of suspenders, or my husband another watch? Or would they rather I spend my money on helping other people in their name? It also gives me a way to teach my son about the importance of charity and giving back. With a Charity Gift Card, you choose the amount and the value and receive a tax receipt, and the recipient enjoys choosing the charity that will receive the gift.

So this season, think about what a charitable donation can mean those in need, and give the gift of giving. Visit CanadaHelps, your resource for spreading the love this season.

Presented by: CanadaHelps

One thought on “the gift of giving

  1. Wonderful idea!

    We do a reverse advent calendar jar where every day we drop a coin into the jar then donate to a local charity at the end of advent. My son chooses an animal shelter and I choose one for local children. The hospital is a great idea… Thanks! X

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