On Christmas day there will be presents under our tree. My husband and I will sit on the floor of our warm home and watch our daughter delight in opening her gifts and discovering that Santa really does exist. I will take pictures with my fancy camera. Later we will sit down to a hearty and home cooked meal at our dining room table.
We are fortunate and we know it. We are not wealthy or extravagant but we don’t lack in the necessities of life and have many comforts that some don’t. We work hard to earn what we have but we understand that many people have never and will never have the opportunities that we have been given.
I always find Christmas to be a time of reflection, of gratitude and of giving. As I was sitting here tonight, my husband putting in extra hours and my little one fast asleep I was thinking about all of our blessings and decided that I have not given back enough this year. When I went to the website of our local food bank to see if I could donate online (don’t forget your food bank needs money as well as food) I discovered that I can indeed donate money – via CanadaHelps.org.
What is CanadaHelps.org? CanadaHelps is a registered charity with a goal to make giving simple. It allows you to go online and donate to any charity that is registered in Canada. CanadaHelps was developed and launched in 2000 by three university students who wanted to make it just as easy for people to give to charitable organizations as it was for them to hand over their money to business (ie e-commerce). CanadaHelps now helps facilitate donations of over $40 million a year! You can also purchase charity gift cards and give the gift of giving to someone else. You can purshase the cards (which can be mailed or emailed) in any amount and the recipient can use them to support the charity of their choice. What an awesome stocking stuffer!
So, in the spirit of the season I have decided to purchase a $25 charity gift card and give it away to one lucky reader so they can pass on to the charity of their choice! The $25 card will be emailed to the winner and they are free to donate it to any of the registered charities registered with CanadaHelps (which are plenty!).
Good luck and Merry Christmas!
Contest is open to Canadian Residents over the age of 18.