A Time to Give

Can’t you just feel that winter crisp in the air? Christmas celebrations have begun. People are starting to make their traditional trips to Christmas tree lots. Strings of lights are being hung and brightening the frosted and snow filled streets. Multi coloured decorations are being put up around the house. The malls are filled with Santa Clauses and festive cheer. Christmas markets and festivals are full of joyous people and excited children. Christmas movies are re-running on the tv guide and warming up by the fireplace with some whipped cream candy cane hot chocolate couldn’t taste any better. “‘Tis is the season to be jolly.”

With the holiday season approaching, the natural effect is to feel warm and kind hearted. Don’t you just love the holiday season?

This time of the year, generosity excels and forgiveness prevails. People just can’t help but be kind during the holiday season. There’s a magic behind this time of year. Giving back to those who are in need only brings a pure satisfaction to your heart. The holiday season is a great time to show how much you care by donating and it’s also a start to helping someone else have the best Christmas that they deserve. Wondering how you can help? Below I’ve listed 10 amazing organizations that need your support to keep on giving.

  1. The Salvation Army. A Christian organization that gives hope and support to the community not only to Canada, but also to 131 other countries, The Salvation Army strives on helping and influencing people in need of support. Across Canada, donations can be made to any of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettles. Your donations will go to support a wide range of Salvation Army programs. Check out their website here to find out other ways you can help out.

  2. Blanket BC. It’s definitely cold this time of the year. A simple gesture such as donating a blanket or some warm clothing really can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Blanket BC Society is a non-profit organization that accepts an ongoing collection of blankets and warm clothing for families in need and also for shelters. Click here to donate today!

  3. Covenant House Vancouver. Providing love, hope and a place to succeed to at-risk street youth ages 16 – 24, the Covenant House provides a safe and inspiring environment to those kids dealing with physical and emotional abuse. There are countless ways to donate including the Christmas Backpack Program. Click here to find out more.

  4. Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. The DEWC provides a safe space exclusively for women and their children who have experienced high levels of violence, homelessness, addictions and poverty. During Christmas, you can really make a difference in these individuals lives by donating items that are much needed. Click here to check out their wishlist.

  5. Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. It’s all about the kids when donating to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. Established in 1930, today it serves as a year-round toy warehouse of toys and gifts to be gathered and distributed to Christmas Bureaus and community agencies across Metro Vancouver. Shipping up to 100,000 items every year, this is Santa’s Vancouver toyshop! Click here to see how you can contribute as a human elf!

  6. BC Children’s Hospital. Throw a digital snowball and make the holiday season brighter for thousands of kids and their families just by donating here. This virtual snowball fight supports kids all across bc.

  7. Richmond Food Bank. Giving healthy and nutritionally-balanced food to over 2200 people per week, The Richmond Food Bank focuses on providing Richmond residents with healthy food choices, while addressing the root causes of poverty. Click here to view their most needed items and donate today!

  8. Surrey Christmas Bureau. There are many families that are in need of help, especially around Christmas time. Here’s your chance to lend a helping hand to a family during the holiday season by providing a food hamper and age-appropriate gifts. Interested in making another family’s dream come true? Start by filling out an Adopt-A-Family Sponsor Application here.

  9. Lights of Hope – St. Paul’s Hospital. Your donations make it possible to save lives, provide warm clothing to people in need and to fund research initiatives that can have a huge impact on how diagnoses and treatments for diseases are conducted. “Where there is light there is hope” so please donate today!

  10. Greater Vancouver Food Bank. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is always accepting donations to help those in need. Join them on December 7 for an open house and food bank day to help local food banks. Click here to find out more information and other ways of helping this season.

There are great organizations out there just waiting to help others, but they need your continued support in creating miracles for those in need. Whether you donate to the organizations listed above or any other ones of your choice, you know you will be making someone’s holiday season special this year, and there’s nothing warmer then knowing that you are spreading the gift of giving to someone that needs it the most!

With warmth, kindness and love – Happy holidays!