Thursday, October 31, 2013

Give the Gift of Giving this Year by Donating to Our Charity Gift Guide

Charity Gift Guide Logo

As a child, I remember waiting for the stores Holiday Gift Guides to be delivered. Nothing compared to that shot of adrenaline that jolted through my body when I spotted the raised mailbox flag. My friends and I would spend hours flipping through the glossy colourful pictures and making wish lists.

We were the lucky ones.

In 2012, a record 882,000 Canadians used food banks each month, the highest level of food bank usage ever.

Source: Canada Without Poverty

It’s that time of year again but not all kids will be waiting by their mailbox. Some already know that there won’t be anything under the Christmas tree with their name on it.

I can’t help but think that there is something that I could do to make a difference. To make someone’s dream a reality.

I came up with a plan and it involves you.

I need you to tweet, facebook, call, email, beg a person or company to donate an item for any member of the Family or cash valued at no less than $25. In exchange for this gift, I will write a Charity Gift Guide Post and mention the Donor.

I ask for nothing in return except the joy of delivering all these items to my local food bank, House of Lazarus.

Please let me know if you have any questions or have any other ways that you would like to help. Collections will end on November 15 so don’t miss out.

Let’s make 2013 go out with a bang and make it a year to remember.

Can you Give the Gift of Giving?

Please click on one of the share buttons below. You can make a difference in someone’s life.

In case you didn’t know, this is an annual event in memory of our son Alexander.
In 2010, we donated several items In His Honour, in 2011 we donated items to Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and in 2012, Ronald McDonald House Ottawa was the recipient.

We are proud to announce that at the time of posting we have five gifts donated by VTech Canada and 2 Blue Ducks. First come, first served. Please contact me for details (journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com).

Note that House of Lazarus ( is a registered not-for-profit Canadian charity, #134560309RR0001

20 thoughts on “Give the Gift of Giving this Year by Donating to Our Charity Gift Guide

  1. Rene

    Count me in for some cash and probably some gifts…and probably some food donation. I can pick up items from others up North here and deliver them to you too if need be.

  2. Darlene Schuller

    This is a wonderful thing, thank you so much Sarah, as a needy family we do appreciate all the help we receive. So glad to have Angels like you watching over us <3

  3. Paula Huie

    Thank you for posting this. It’s so important to give back and I love that such a great blogger like you takes the time to raise awareness for charities!

  4. Jason

    I am so sorry for your loss 🙁 And think you are doing an amazing job of honoring your sons memory by bringing joy to less fortunate kids 🙂 You are amazing people doing what you do and I think it’s a shame the world doesn’t have more people like you, keep up the wonderful job!

  5. Darlene Demell

    I think this is great what you are doing in raising awareness. There are so many families out there who need help and this is a good time of year to give. We give as much as we can all year long.

  6. Chandra Christine O'Connor

    we just moved to a new area but we usually do the christmas tree presents each of us pick one off a tree and buy a gift for that child. and always give food to the food box that are at the grocery stores

  7. Tiffany Ann Frye

    This was such a great post! Thank you so much for this informed post about donating. It is so important to give back to others in need. I make sure to teach my children about the gift of giving, even if it is just giving their time to help others!


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