21st Century Living

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I’d like to think that we do our part throughout the year to help those less fortunate or at least donate our time (since we don’t have much money) to help others. You could say that John and I do that every weekend and I suppose doing all those fun runs (Run for the Cure, Run for Light, Science Fair Run [miss604]) also help out, but of course the need is much greater than any of that combined.

My office usually signs up for the YWCA Adopt-A-Family program [YWCA]. Last year we gathered clothing, presents, money and food for a single mother and her children. This year we’re participating in Basics for Babies, a program via the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.[FoodBank]

Basics for Babies supports families coping with the challenge of raising a young infant by providing them with needed food, formula and diapers. The program receives the generous support of the JRfm and Unforgettable 600 am Basics for Babies campaign with additional support provided through Save-on-Foods. [FoodBank]

The Union Gospel Mission, which supplies warm clothing and hot meals to those in need is also looking for your support and has a “ways to give” section on their website [UGM]. Christmas hampers, clothing donations and serving meals are just a few ways to get involved.

And for the 19th straight year, local radio station CFOX will be on location at Superstore taking your cash and non-perishable food donations as a part of the Santa Fox Food Drive. This is what sparked a blog post last year [miss604]. I figured the theme of the post (minus the moments at the dentist) was a good idea. A roundup of links to give you that extra nudge, in case you wanted to show some support this holiday season and didn’t know how.

There are so many ways to get involved this Christmas, as it is the spirit of giving – although we usually completely forget about these acts mid-summer when support is also needed. For those of you familiar with the title of this post (being a Matthew Good song) you can guess what I’m getting at…

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  1. LarryWednesday, November 29th, 2006 — 1:39am PST

    The Union Gospel Mission is a Christian charitie. One of the very best charities for helping people in real need right at the street level.

  2. Miss604’s Canuck Life :: A Vancouver Blog » Blog Archive » Special DaysSaturday, December 2nd, 2006 — 12:21pm PST

    […] Sometimes we think little efforts like this are exactly that, little. But often people just need to have something right in front of them in order to react. Whether it be demonstrations on the street, a ribbon on someone’s coat, a flyer you’re handed or even a forwarded email. You can’t help out unless you know what kind of a need there is or unless an avenue to do so. Often people do want to help and do care, they just have no idea how to go about doing so. […]

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