Did you shop the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this weekend? I mean, why not, if you needed something that was on sale. My big purchase items were a Skylanders starter kit for the boys, and a new oven for all of us (well, mostly for me). The mall parking lot was a terrible place to be, however, and I found most of the flyers and sales information overwhelming.
Today is a good antidote to that – it’s Canada’s first GivingTuesday!
GivingTuesday is a day for the charitable sector, businesses, and individuals, and encourages all Canadians to join the movement and give and volunteer for charities of their choice.
Canada Helps, one of the founders of Canada’s Giving Tuesday, is an organization that can help you sort out which charities to give to and support your fundraising efforts for different charities (such as through your office or school). Watch the video below for more information:
So this is kind of cool. Charity Gift Cards from Canada Helps give the recipient the ability to donate the value of the card to a charity or cause of their choice. You can give a Charity Gift Card to teachers, grandparents, friends, or anyone on your holiday gift list, and know that the gift will make a real difference in the world. Of course, for this kind of gift you will get a tax receipt. Bonus.
In this season of shopping and present wrapping and retail therapy, it’s nice to be able to give a bit back. I usually make my own decisions about where my charity dollars go, but I think it’s about time I start involving the kids in the process. I have already involved them in food bank and toy drive donations, but it’s important to start talking about the financial aspect of donation as well.
Disclosure: My friend who works at Canada Helps gave me a $10 Canada Helps Charity Gift Card so that I was able to make a donation to the charity of my choice, completely independent of this post that I wrote all by myself with some of her suggested content. My views are my completely my own. And I’m going to donate some more money now, on top of that $10, in the spirit of GivingTuesday.