The importance of December 2

Today is a special day.

And not necessarily because it’s this person’s birthday…

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Or this person’s birthday (sorry, mom and dad)…

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image1Ok….. maybe it is special that it’s my birthday today! But I think it’s so special that I get to share the day not only with one significant event this year, but with two!

December 2 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery! As an abolitionist, I think it is totally rad that I get to share my birthday with this important awareness day!

But this year my birthday also falls on Giving Tuesday! You may not be familiar with Giving Tuesday… But I bet you’re familiar with Black Friday. And with the newly coined Cyber Monday.

“What is Giving Tuesday?” you ask???

“GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.”
givingtuesday.ca

With the Christmas season upon us, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the commercialism of the year and with the busyness of all that is going on around us. But Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to remember organizations and charities who work so passionately to help others. Let’s take a moment to forget all those crazy awesome deals we saw in the stores/online and think about causes worthy of our attention and our money. It’s so important that we support organizations especially at this time of year as many of them are also in full swing of Christmas preparations and need donations to help others have a blessed holiday too.

So on this Giving Tuesday… On this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery… On my birthday! May I ask you perhaps to think about supporting one of my favourite organizations? Or take a moment to think about organizations close to your heart.

There are so many who do incredible work, I am having a difficult time deciding where to start… But these organizations are on my heart right now.

Restorations
Last fall, I joined the Board of Directors for a new organization called Restorations Second Stage Home. We are in the process of obtaining charitable status in hopes of building Ontario’s first rural longterm home for victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. While there are already many set up in the United States, our home will certainly be one of a kind here in Canada. I am so passionate about the groundbreaking work our organization is doing and you can learn more about some of our efforts by visiting our website.

RCA Gift of Hope
This year give a gift that makes a difference. Give a Gift of Hope. Select one of the options listed on the website, or use the donation form to give your gift. Give the gift of clean water, audio Bibles, medical care or animals. AND on today (Giving Tuesday) your gift will have twice the impact. It will be doubled, dollar for dollar up to $10,000, thanks to a matching gift from a generous RCA donor.
(Canadian readers who would like a donation tax receipt, please see this link to donate).

Helping Hands Street Mission
An incredible ministry in Hamilton, they are always thankful for donations (for ideas of what they are in need of, please see their website) and financial contributions.

I also encourage you and you family to think outside the box this Christmas season! I am so excited for this year’s “gift exchange” with my siblings. Traditionally we pick names every year, but this year we are doing that with a twist. Instead of buying our chosen sibling a gift, we are to donate to an organization that we think would mean a lot to that person. We will reveal to each other on Christmas whose name we have and to which organization we donated.

How do you and your family bless others over Christmas? How are you blessed by others?? I would love to hear about your traditions!

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