It’s the time of year for charitable giving and holiday cheer! We’ve got you covered with our Holiday Charitable-Giving Checklist!
But many of you are thinking, how can we possibly celebrate and be festive with so many social restrictions for our health and safety? Whether you’re looking to do something special with your corporate team, spending the holidays with your family, or even looking for something to do as an individual, check out our downloadable Holiday Charitable-Giving Checklist must-dos for the season!
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- Bundle up and go for a walk or run — many charity runs/walks have turned virtual this year, which means you can complete them in your own time, at your own pace. Here are some local events to take part in: The Harriers Stewart Mountain Challenge in Victoria, the Virtual Big Elf Run and the Santa Shuffle in Vancouver and the HoHo Holiday 5K, the Bold and Cold 5K, the Tannenbaum 10K & Beyond, the Santa Shuffle in Toronto
- Trim a Tree — nothing feels quite as festive as a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, so let’s spread the cheer! Here are some local trees in need of decor for a good cause this season: The Festival of Trees in Victoria, the Festival of Trees and the Trees of Joy in Vancouver and the Trees of Joy in Toronto
- Sit by a warm fire and visit — for many of us this season, our loved ones have been isolated for their health and protection, which can make for a very lonely holiday. Many retirement homes are happy to organize virtual visits, so spread the love with a cozy virtual chat.
- Wrap gifts — or better yet, get them wrapped for charity! Everyone knows it’s the season of giving, but wrapping gifts can be real pain in the neck — or in this case, hands (all those paper cuts!). So why not get them wrapped for charity? For a small price, volunteers from the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association will wrap them for you and you’ll be supporting BC athletes on their journey to the Paralympics.
- Remember loved ones — sometimes a particular charitable cause speaks to us more than others because of a loved one we’ve lost. Donate in remembrance of them this holiday. Chat with us for suggestions to help find the charity that would honour their memory
- Cuddle a furry friend! — while we don’t encourage pet adoption as a gift, the holidays are always brighter with a furry friend for companionship. If the decision is right for your family, consider adopting a new family member from a local pet shelter this season. The more the merrier!
- Relax and take in a film — despite the challenges 2020 has presented, many film festivals are rallying and moving their events online this year. Cozy up with a warm blanket on the couch and stream a movie from some of these film festivals: The Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, The European Union Film Festival, and the The Whistler Film Festival
- Make some soup! — volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food distribution centre. Ask us about some options in your neighbourhood
- Put together a stocking — you can help bring joy to others by creating a gift box or stocking with fun goodies. Check out these local gift giving organizations: the Shoebox Project in Vancouver and Holiday Helpers in Toronto
- Get crafty — gather some friends or coworkers together virtually for a creative night for your favourite cause
- Buy Christmas presents — with gifts that give back to the community! Check out our Holiday Guides to Gifts that Give Back for Her, Him, Them, and Kids
- Make a gingerbread house — or visit some really cool ones! The Gingerbread Lane at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency features a festive display of edible creations with donations going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation
- Bring on the holiday Party! — virtually, of course. And build in a charitable component
- Listen to Christmas Music — there are plenty of songs out there that help raise awareness and funds! Some past songs include “We Are The World” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
- Prepare for cold weather! — donate your lightly worn or new winter wear and blankets to a local charity or shelter
- Don a festive sweater! — we all love a good holiday sweater around here, but what about a holiday sweater that gives back? Tipsy Elves runs a Sweater 4 Sweater program which donates hoodies to children in need with every sweater purchase you make
- Become a Delivery Elf! — Holiday Helpers in Toronto is looking for delivery elf volunteers to help them spread the joy this year and deliver parcels to low-income families in the GTA
- Have a holiday feast — we all love that turkey-hangover feeling, but what about those who need a little more food security in their lives? Find a food bank to donate to or check out this virtual auction hosted by Second Harvest where you can get yourself or someone you love a gift, and the money goes towards feeding families for the holidays. Win-win!
- Have a hot chocolate and participate — the Association of Fundraising Professionals is hosting a series of philanthropic events that you can participate in virtually this year. Check out our full list of events here
- Write a Thank You Card — after all is said and done, it’s time to give thanks for all we’ve received this year. While you’re writing your own Christmas and Thank-you cards, why not write a few for a charity in the process? Charities love sending notes to their sponsors thanking them for their support, but don’t always have the time to personally hand write them. Talk to us about opportunities with our charity partners who will send you supplies to help them hand write their thank you’s this season
*To download our printable holiday checklist, open the link at the top of the list in a new tab and click the download button on the right upper corner of your screen.