It’s Day 2 of 12 Days of Blogmas and today we’re talking about 2 worthy charities! I decided to stick local for this one and talk about 2 charities in my area who I know appreciate our help no matter what time of year it is. Don’t forget to check out the other blogs too!
Community Food Bank
For the past few years, my extended family and I have been donating to one of the food banks here in Saint John. I have a blog post from a few years ago if you want all the details! We get together with all of the aunties, uncles, and cousins for a giant Christmas potluck and we all bring items to donate to the food bank rather than buying gifts for each other. After our meal, we all go together to deliver everything to the food bank. It’s a great way to have the kids involved in helping others and they get so excited to do something good. It’s also a great way to start that conversation about how fortunate we are and how important it is for us to help those in need when we are able to. By helping people in your own community when they need a hand, you can have an impact on the community as a whole.
The second charity that I wanted to tell you about isn’t something nice to think about but it’s a place that does amazing work. Bobby’s Hospice is a 10 bed palliative care home that takes care of over 115 every year who are on their end of life journey. They provide compassionate 24 hour care in a comfortable and private home-like setting. They are also there to support families and friends along the way and the staff have been described as angels on earth. It’s not something uplifting or pleasant to think about, but knowing that there is a space available to love and care for people and their families as they go through such a difficult time is a small comfort and I know that Bobby’s has a significant impact on our community. People are always doing fundraisers on their behalf and they are always happy to receive donations so if you feel so inclined, you can make a donation. Bobby’s does a number of services and things over the holidays to help those who are missing a loved one to come and share in remembrance. It really is a special place.
No matter the charities that you choose to support, it’s always a great time of year to give a little something. There is always someone who has a struggle. Sometimes it’s putting food on the table and sometimes it’s missing a loved one and being flooded by memories of the Christmas season. Being able to instill the importance of love and giving in children is an ever greater gift than any toy.
What charities do you like to support?
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