The GATE’s annual Holiday Gift Guide series launches today, and once again we’re kicking off the gift-giving ideas with the important part–the charities.
This time of year we celebrate the holiday season by sharing with family and friends, but as we have always said, it’s also a great time of year to reach out and share with the rest of our community–and the world–by giving to charities and organizations that always need support.
Take a minute this year and, before you finish your shopping for family and friends, make a donation to one of these important organizations, or reach out and find an organization that supports a cause that means something for your family. It doesn’t matter how much you give, the important part is that you are contributing.
This year, The GATE has selected Plan Canada as our feature charity for the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, and we purchased the Motorcycle ambulance gift from their Gifts of Hope program. We are encouraging anyone, especially publications and bloggers across Canada, to make a similar donation and we will list everyone who meets or exceeds our donation. To participate in the challenge, click here.
Plan Canada was founded in 1937, and is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies. The not-for-profit and independent organization is inclusive of all faiths and cultures and they have one primary goal: “to improve the lives of children.”
Plan currently works around the world in 68 countries around the globe, including 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Salvation Army | www.salvationarmy.ca
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
Daily Bread Food Bank | www.dailybread.ca
Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. Daily Bread serves these people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 170 member agencies.
SickKids Foundation | www.sickkidsfoundation.com
Our mission: We inspire our communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world.
Our vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.
Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
Habitat For Humanity www.habitat.ca
Thanks to your donations and volunteer support, Habitat for Humanity is able to help people living below the poverty line in financially vulnerable situations, who are able to repay an interest-free mortgage and qualify to become a partner family with Habitat for Humanity.
United Way www.unitedway.ca
Every day, Canada’s 117 United Ways – Centraides (UW-Cs) work locally to change living conditions for the better. The issues they face may vary, but the values and purpose that drive them are the same: to strengthen their communities and improve quality of life for Canadians.