Growing up, I remember playing with a handful of toys – a couple of dolls, and a coveted pink Barbie Corvette. We didn’t have much, but the few toys I had were well-treasured. My dad once made me a chalkboard himself so that I could play pretend school.
When the Cabbage Patch doll came out in the 1980s, I remember how much I wanted one. Oh the joy when my dad took me to Woolsworth, and we waited in line to get our hands on one. Those few toys my parents were able to afford, I cherished and still have them today.
Fast forward 30 years later, and I have a family of my own. I’m thankful that my husband and I are able to provide everything to our children. We can afford to splurge during the holidays, stock up on food and wine, and decorate our home. I’m grateful to be able to plan a feast for Christmas, and not think twice about having to budget for our holiday dinner.
Sadly, not everyone is so lucky, which is why this is also the time of year to give back to those in need. Plan International Canada, one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, makes giving back easy and fun through Gifts of Hope.
In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Canadians are being asked to unite to spread hope and joy across the world for a campaign to raise 5,000 Food Baskets for those in need. On November 28th, purchase the gift of a Food Basket and transform lives by preventing malnourishment among thousands of pregnant women, mothers and young children under five.
When I think of pregnant women and moms with young children who need basic necessities of food in order to thrive and grow, giving back with a purchase of a Food Basket is a no-brainer.
Filled with staples like beans, cooking oil, fortified cereal blends and sugar, it’s a basic Food Basket with an impact that is anything but. Gifts of Hope are real gifts that go to real projects, meaning basket by basket, you’ll be saving lives.
Even more, if you purchase a $50 Food Basket, it is matched 10X for a value of $550. One Food Basket is a critical step in preventing a slide into a life-and-death situation so just imagine the power of 5,000 Food Baskets.
Instead of buying your children’s teacher yet another mug for Christmas, or your co-worker yet another box of chocolates, think about purchasing something that will truly make a difference to someone less fortunate.
Plan International Canada’s Gifts of Hope are also a great way to have your children get involved, and fully understand what giving truly means – especially for someone in real need.
This Giving Tuesday, give back and make a real difference in someone’s life.