10/12/11

Fall is upon us in full swing although we did have a few days so far that were seemingly summery, but truthfully,  the season of Autumn is here. Leaves are changing colours and falling from the trees, before we know it it'll be winter once again.

With the winter coming, so does the fast approaching holiday season. Many of us have already started making our lists and more of us are going to start our shopping within the next couple of months - of course there are also the early birds who have done everything. Kudos to you!

Do you have a charity you give to annually every year? We try to give year round sometimes money but mostly donations like toys, clothes and household items we don't need to our local salvation army or community center. We also donate books to K's school library, they always welcome new books to their collection for the kids!

This holiday season think Canadahelps.  www.Canadahelps.org is a one stop shop for giving that allows Canadians to donate to any Canadian charity with a few simple clicks. There are over 86,000 charities listed, you can find the perfect gift for anybody on your list including mom, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and coworkers all in one spot.

You can choose to give to a charity that is near and dear to your loved one or simply order a CanadaHelps.org Gift Card and the recipient can simply choose a charity to donate the amount to on their behalf.

Here are some gift ideas for those on your list this year:

For animal lovers
Animal enthusiasts are a special breed; their passion for all living creatures gives a voice to all animals- from fury felines to polar bears.
  •  Canadian Animal Assistance Team
  • Paws People Animal Welfare Society
  • Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
For the green hearted
Whether your aunt meticulously sorts her recycling or simply wishes she could do more to help the planet.
  • Earth Day Canada
  • Friends of the Earth 
  •   Pollution Probe
For mom, dad and relatives who already have everything:
 Mom and dad can be the hardest people to shop for because they seem to have everything and more. Surprise them this holiday season by showing that you listened to their lessons about giving back.

  • Their favourite cultural organization like a local museum
  •  Is there a hospital or health organization that has had an impact in their life?
  • Scouts Canada
For teachers
Mrs. Smith may have given Johnny a B in English, but her enthusiasm for education and children goes beyond the classroom walls.
  • CanEducate
  • 60 Million Girls
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Canada

This is a thoughtless gift that can keep on giving. I find more and more people taking this approach rather than buying a relative another something they don't need or won't use, putting the money to good use and making a donation in that persons name.

Remember it's not always the size of the gift but the message that can bring the biggest impact. You can gift these in a card with a sentimental note explaining why you chose such a charity to donate to in your loved ones name. You can wrap it up in a small box with a ribbon for the same effect, you're guaranteed a great response this holiday season. It's one of the most selfless gifts you can give.

Check out www.canadahelps.org to see a complete list of charities you can donate to this year!

*Alyssa*

*This is not a sponsored post. This post was written by A Motherhood Experience voluntary on behalf of CanadaHelps.org. All opinions are honest and always my own*

1 comment:

  1. Great post! It's nice to have an organization that is a one-stop for many charities to collect donations

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