5 Great Ways to Help Out Charities This #GivingTuesday (Today!)
Black Friday, Cyber Monday...overwhelmed yet? Well, you're not alone. Creeping across the border from our American friends is a whole host of commercially-charged days that have one goal: to get you to buy as much as you can.
Traditionally following the American Thanksgiving, Black Friday is used to kick off the holiday shopping season. With the rise of online shopping, Cyber Monday is for those who don't feel up to braving the malls.
And then there's Giving Tuesday: a movement to return to a holiday spirit Charles Dickens would recognize.
Giving Tuesday offers an alternative to the glut of consumerism. Created by not-for-profits as a way to promote charitable giving, Giving Tuesday tries to infuse a drop of altruism into the season. Unlike the Friday and Monday preceding it, it's not all about parting with your money.
While donating to charities is a great way to participate in the movement, there are a few other ways you can join in the spirit of the season:
1) Volunteer: Giving your time is often as valuable as giving money. Sort food at a food bank, serve soup at a homeless shelter, walk dogs at an animal rescue or help tackle invasive species as a Broadmead Care volunteer. Whatever your skills, interests or talents, there is someone who can use your help.
2) Recycle: Want to make room for all those holiday gifts? Clean out the basement or garage and donate your old stuff to a clothing bank or thrift store. Many of these places run charitable programming for the under- or unemployed. Even old appliances can get a new lease on life from charities that provide housing for low income areas.
3) Give food: While you're cleaning out the garage, clean out the cupboards too! Food banks are always glad for donations at this time of year. Canned beans, peanut butter and baby formula are popular items. Check with your local food bank to see what items they need most.
4) Get social: Tweet, share, pin and like the photos and videos that charities post on social media. Help them get the word out about their cause and show your support by engaging in the conversation.
5) Donate: Last but not least, save a few dollars from the madness of Friday and Monday to give back to those causes that mean the most to you. Many charities have great holiday giving programs that make lovely gifts such as the charity of your choice. ie Broadmead Care.
Christmas at the Nigel Program
Believe it or not we are only weeks away from Christmas! While the celebration and cheer of Christmas brings us closer together, it is also a time to remember those who don’t have much to celebrate. We are looking for support to help the adults with disabilities at Nigel and Harriet House celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way. Staff have a number of Christmas outings planned such as a Christmas light tour served with goodies and hot chocolate, a Victoria Royals game, and other Christmas-y outings plus the staff buy small gifts of cheer for the residents who don’t have a support system outside of the facilities. Total cost is $2000. If you are interested in supporting our residents at Nigel and Harriet House with a donation of money, please call 250-658-3274 and speak to Kathy. With your donation, you can give these adults with disabilities a very merry Christmas.
Families and Friends
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December 2013 Newsletter
Please read the latest issue of our Broadmead Care Moments Newsletter!
Thank you Royal Oak Lions and Shaw Cable!
The Royal Oak Lions have been providing Christmas cheer to the residents at the Lodge at Broadmead each year by putting up the lights outside the building. These festive lights signify the start of the Christmas season and we are so grateful for their continued support for over thirty years! This year, our friends at Shaw Cable joined the festive light up by bringing their bucket truck to place lights on the big tree outside the entrance of the Lodge. It is a marvelous site and we hope you have a chance to drive by for a look! Thank you to the Royal Oak Lions and Shaw Cable for lighting up Christmas at the Lodge at Broadmead!
Broadmead Care’s nomination for Rudi Hoenson for National Philanthropy Day Award.
Rudi Hoenson, a prisoner of war for three and a half years in Japan during World War II, endured unimaginable cruelty. At War’s end, he was shipped to Holland. In 1951, he immigrated to Canada, willingly working hard to become a Canadian. He settled in Calgary during the oil boom and married his sweetheart, Sylvia, in 1956.
Rudi and Sylvia’s first donation of $20,000 to the Victoria Foundation started the Rudi and Sylvia Hoenson Foundation, now worth in excess of $500,000. In 2004, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for the $55,000 trans-cranial ultrasound at the Royal Jubilee Hospital helped detect strokes. A $25,000 gift established a gait lab at the Queen Alexandra Centre which has helped many children with mobility problems. Without Rudi’s generosity, elderly veterans and seniors would be bathing in old, uncomfortable bathtubs. Broadmead Care now has five new bathtubs and lifts and other care equipment thanks to him. These small outlays that purchased equipment used by so many brought Rudi and Sylvia great joy, more so than some of their larger donations. Sylvia died in 2008 and Rudi felt lost without his mate of 50 years. He turned his attention to others and started donating to numerous charities.
Rudi helps by sharing his business acumen to raise more money. He attends events and often makes a final gift so charities make their goal.
Others may donate more than $3 million, but this amount represents a significant portion of Rudi’s assets. Despite seeing humanity at its worst, Rudi has chosen a life of quiet philanthropy – love of humankind. It is an honour to nominate him for the Generosity of Spirit Award
Volunteer Bob George was honoured at a recent Broadmead Care board meeting for his tremendous work in helping raise thousands of dollars for veterans, seniors and adults with disabilities through the annual Broadmead Care golf tournament. The tournament is now in its 11th year and has raised over $200,000 for much needed equipment. Vice Admiral (Ret'd) George was presented with an honorary life membership to Broadmead Care. Watch the presentation to Bob George here.