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Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to paying it forward. I love this idea. This time of year we are overwhelmed with the myth we can buy happiness, preferably on sale. If you have an excess of gifts given to you, and/or things purchased needlessly, there is a great way to take your overabundance and give it back. Read on for more info on three great charitable campaigns, and get involved in giving back. 

You can give small and have a big impact on Giving Tuesday 

  1. The I Love First Peoples shoebox campaign is a great way for students to give to other students. If you’ve got kids who are over-gifted, talk to them about sending those extra gifts on to another kid who will really appreciate them. Shoeboxes should also have unopened toiletries, warm gloves and socks. It’s a great time to have a conversation with kids about all the things we take for granted. 
  1. Another shoebox campaign is The Shoebox Project. Boxes are packed for women living in shelters and transitional housing. Just like the ILFP boxes, toiletries, warm gloves and socks are a great base, with additions of all the little things that make our lives nicer. If you’ve over-bought or been over-gifted, it’s a wonderful way to give back. 
  1. Lastly, CAMH has the Gifts of Light program, which they are promoting with the tag line “Who needs another pair of socks this year?” CAMH patients sure do. In fact, most men’s shelters are in desperate need of socks—yes, even previously worn pairs. CAMH also accepts opened toiletries for use in the kits distributed to street affected Torontonians. I’ve dropped off many a bag courtesy of our clients. 

I’m happy to pick up any donations from your home and deliver to the campaign of your choice. I Love First Peoples has one Toronto coordinator, and I can arrange a time to drop off at her home in the east end, or I can pick up the boxes myself. The Shoebox Project has multiple locations, but I’m happy to be an intermediary as well. I’m also close to CAMH and can easily drop off your donations there too. 

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