From as far back as I remember, my Father was a member of the Rotary Club and my Mother the Women’s Auxiliary. Every Summer, we would head up to a camp for underprivileged youth and spend the long weekend fixing cabins and screens, shingling and whatever else needed to be done. Well, actually, my parents did that. My brother and I played with our friends, swam in the water and slid down the huge water slide. Another time, I had the chance to play the toy drum with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Massey Hall. Well, actually, I banged it a few times and off beat at that but I got to wear a pretty dress, shake people’s hands like a rock star and go out for dinner afterwards.
My parents made giving to others fun. I want to give the same gift to The Kids.
In turn, every year, around November we hold a charity gift drive where we gather presents from friends and family and give them to people in need, in honour of Alexanders life. When we’re in Mexico, we support the animals on the street by raising money in Canada through the sale of Mexican goods and use 100% of the profits for services like sterilization, immunization and finding them forever homes.
Since 2012, each month, I provide a forum for a fellow Canadian or Cause to guest post as the “I Am Canadian” feature of the month where they get to share a chapter of their story. Whatever that may be. We have been touched by stories of Transplants and Organ Donation as well as Patriotism and even some humour. We have met some great Canadians and there are a lot more to come. I am so fortunate to have such supportive followers that also love to meet and support others. I hope that you will consider sharing your story.
This month, The Kids started volunteering at House of Lazarus. For an hour a week, they put clothes on hangers, pick things up off the floor, clean up the toys and shoes and make sure that the kids room is neat. They enjoy giving to others that are less fortunate than they.
And, each week, we visit our local foodbank and thrift shop, House of Lazarus and Salvation Army where 100% of our donations and purchases go to support people in our community.
I am proud of the contributions that we make but I asked myself, “Can I Do More?” And the answer was Yes. So, I’ve come up with an idea.
I’m going to donate one dollar a day, every day for 365 days.
Because I truly believe that $1 can make a difference. Just like that quarter that changed my life.
So, from today until May 21, 2016, I will donate $1 to 365 causes. To date, I have given to the following charities (in no particular order).
- CHEO Hospital
- House of Lazarus
- Foodbanks Canada
- Waupoos Family Farm
- Museum of Nature*
- Christine Gish (Friend of a Friend, See comment below by Tara Gautier for more on Christine’s story)
- Elizabeth Kathleen Doherty (Friend of a Friend)
- Jason Magee (Personal Friend)
- Breakfast for Learning
- The Nature Conservancy of Canada
- President’s Choice® Children’s Charity
- D.I.F.D. at The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
- Cystic Fibrosis Canada — Walk on the Team of Michelle Matta**
- Scouts Canada
- Make a Wish Canada
- Sick Kids Foundation (Middle right hand side of the page)
- Cystic Fibrosis Canada — Walk on the Team of Randa Derkson (Friend)
- Kidney Foundation of Canada
- Surrey Place Centre
- MagneTree Books
- Tim Hortons Childrens Foundation – Canada
- Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada
- The Grocery Foundation
- Seats for Kids
- Epilepsy Canada
- Kids on a Journey from Hurt to Hope
- Muscular Dystrophy Canada
- Alliance to End Homelessness
- The Terry Fox Foundation
- Purolator Tackle Hunger
- Kids Help Phone
- Girls and Boys Clubs of Canada
- Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
- Shaw Festival (Must Register to Donate)
- United Way Ottawa
- Clear The Room
- The Royal Canadian Legion
- Heart Institute Foundation.
40 down and 326 to go. It’s a start but I have a long way to go and I’d love it if you could help. I understand that everyone doesn’t have a dollar to give but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a difference. How about a tweet, a smile, support? If you’d like to support me, I could really use an extra set of eyes and ears to tell me about any Canadian Charities, Causes or People, that would benefit from my donation of $1 and being listed on my blog. Please contact me via whatever method is easiest for you or leave a comment below. And if you do want to give a $1 or join me in my goal, please leave your information below so that we can connect.
Giving really is better than receiving.
The following great charities deserve recognition, however will not accept donations of $1; Boston Pizza Foundation, Mountain Animal Foodbank, Ryan’s Well Foundation, RBC Run for the Kids, Canadian Diabetes Association, Kate Drury, Girl Guides of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Operation Smile, Dress for Success — Ottawa National Capital Region, Breakfast Club of Canada, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Candlelighters, North York Women’s Shelter, Humewood House, Lanark Animal Welfare Society, Scientists in School, Kayleen’s Run for Drag the Red and The Children’s Book Bank.
* Note that you can also choose to cover the processing fee for an additional 3.95% of your donation.
** I do not know Michelle personally, however, I follow her on Twitter and saw this tweet of hers.
Together We Can Change the World.
— Journeys of The Zoo (@zoojourneys) May 22, 2015