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The Many Ways of Christmas Giving

During Thanksgiving, I was talking with my friend who lives in Kelowna, BC with her boyfriend. They moved out there in April and the two of them have been living together and trying to make new friends, but both of their families are still in Ontario. She told me she bought a turkey so she and her boyfriend could make themselves a Thanksgiving dinner, but then decided that they didn’t need all that food between two people. I asked her what she was going to do with the turkey, and she said she was going to donate it one of the homeless shelters or food banks. What a great idea, I thought!
I never thought about donating a turkey before. But, that’s probably the most expensive item to buy for holiday dinners. I thought that was a great idea, and that got me thinking about what I can do to make a little bit of a difference during the holidays for others. I think I’ve hit that age where, I don’t really need anything for Christmas (of course, I want things, but I don’t need anything, and for that I feel very lucky), but definitely could be using my time or a little extra cash for people who do need it. Continue reading

Donor Spotlight


-His son’s generosity prompted his own- 

Jeff became involved with the YW when he and his 16 yeadonor picr old son took a trip through the YW’s Cardboard House at the mall. As they walked through the end of it, Jeff watched his son empty, and then donate the contents of his wallet. No one should have to live without shelter his son said.

As the Principal of St. Paul’s Catholic High School, Jeff is well aware of their mandate: make a long-term difference in the community. On the spot, Jeff decided to make that commitment to the YW by becoming a monthly donor. Personally, Jeff will always remember that moment with his son. But as Principal of St.Paul’s, his favourite moment with the YW was when the Cardboard House came to their school.

He remembers watching the look of transformation and understanding on the students’ faces as they came together to learn about poverty and homelessness in their community. “You’re either a part of the solution or a part of the problem”, Jeff says; “I strongly believe that in our civilized society no one should have to go without the basic necessities of life. I think we don’t take the problem of homelessness personally enough. Imagine that man on the street was your brother or father, then you would give back, too”.