“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others”
- Mahatma Gandhi.
The holiday season is known for giving and there are many types of ways to give. It is the difference we make in the lives of others that allows us to feel more significant in the life we lead and passionate about sharing love. Giving back this holiday season in the community, nationally or worldwide will help you reach your holiday spirit and make a positive difference to those around you in need.
Today, we celebrate giving back Tuesday within our team by challenging each other to make movements and take action toward a better community, a better you and a better universe. Give back today on #givebacktuesday.
There are many ways to give back over the month of December, here are some ideas for local, national and international impact you can make when you join the karma movement.
Vancouver was recently ranked as the third most “livable place in the world” for its high standard of living and quality of life. Let’s continue the high quality of life in our communities by giving back and taking care of the community properly. Here are local opportunities to try:
Stanley Park’s Bright Night
The Bright Nights Train is a breathtaking experience viewing displays of a total of three million stars, beautiful displays, holiday lights a live performer. You may also view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($4.00 suggested). Portions of the ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund. $1.4 million has been raised to help burn survivors and their families since 1998. 2015 is another year this total can be added onto thanks to you. Bright Nights is open from November 26th to January 2nd and is closed on December 25th for Christmas.
Dundarave Festival of Lights
By taking a walk along the beach and looking at beautiful trees decorated by families and local business you can help raise funds for the North Shore Shelter. This shelter provided 15,359 bednights last year for people who are homeless. The overall goal is to end homelessness and you can be a key contributor reaching it. Each tree raises funds and helps end homelessness one person at a time. The festival also allows the community to deepen the awareness of reality of homelessness on the North Shore. The Festival of Lights runs from November 28 to January 2nd 2016! In the Dundarave Village.
Sea to Sky Gondola
Come to the Sea to Sky Gondola for an exciting ten-minute gondola ride, festive forest walks, brunch with Santa, and walking trails lined with twinkling lights 800 meters above Howe Sound. By making a donation at an event towards the food bank at the base, the guests will be entered into a contest to win daily prizes throughout December. It is a win-win situation for holiday giving. View the schedule for dates and times of events you can choose from: http://www.seatoskygondola.com/events
The live shows from twenty different choirs on December 3rd with the launch of Yuel Duel. Yuel Duel is Vancouver’s first street carolling competition. All proceeds will benefit May’s Place, a hospice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. May’s Place gives people the support to live with the best possible quality of life, with dignity and self determination. Patients and their loved ones are able to spend meaningful time together in peaceful settings without the strain of care-taking. May’s Place specializes in providing care to individuals with mental health challenges and addictions.
The world's perceptions of Canadians are "friendly and welcoming" people. This helped Canada reach No. 1 this year on the Reputation Institute. Let’s continue to be friendly and welcoming this season by giving back over the holidays:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
The goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is to help children reach their full potential by providing mentorship to youths across Canada. The organization believes that the friendship, trust and empowerment of a mentor can make a lasting impact on each child. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a national organization that provides services and support to the 123 Big Brothers Big Sisters member agencies across Canada. Become a mentor! The mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and for having respect for family, peers and community.
Canadian Tire JumpStart
Host your own holiday event to raise funds for Jumpstart. Use their online fundraising tool to encourage friends and family to make donations through their online donation system. This automated system accepts credits cards and provides a charitable tax receipt directly to the donor. It’s easy to use and will help even more Canadian kids get in the game. Jumpstart is a registered charity that helps kids from financially disadvantaged families participate in organized sports and physical activity. It delivers support to children and youth through a Canada-wide network of Chapters and Community Partners. Research has proven that participation in sports and physical activity increases a child's chance of overall success through.
As fierce, fun, fit and fashionable females we can help girls in need internationally and defend our world environment:
Because I Am A Girl
Buy a gift to support a girl this holiday. Because I am a Girl is Plan's global initiative to break the cycle of poverty and gender discrimination. Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries.
Friends of the Earth
Come participate with Friends of the Earth in the Love Song Project. Some of the biggest names in music have come together to record a song dedicated to keeping Earth safe. It’s become a powerful tool for fighting climate change. Every time this song is downloaded, streamed or shared, Friends of the Earth and the UN Foundation will receive the revenue from sales and royalties. They are putting together the proceeds to put together a plan to keep carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere. Help to #SharetheLoveSong and make it into the biggest hit the Earth has ever had. The song debuted on iTunes in September 2015.
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