To begin with, my wanting to host a unique giveaway was inspired by the North York Harvest Food Bank initiative "Give food instead of flowers this Mother's Day." Last month I posted an article expressing how touched I was by this sentiment. See Awareness Wednesday - Food Instead of Flowers for more background information. My heart is rooted in philanthropy. And that is not meant to sound boastful. In honesty, I hardly ever have money to donate to causes even though the needs may break my heart. Eventually I learned that money isn't the only solution to meeting needs. I can use my time and energy to draw attention to causes. And help create dialogue about the issues that keep me awake at night. These personal gifts don't cost anything. I have set out to encourage people that giving your time, and talents is just as precious as giving your treasure (a.k.a moula).
I was nervous to host my first giveaway. I felt so strongly that it was the right thing to do anyway. In my mind I was thinking that it would be a Mother's Day Gift to one of my followers, but the comments and entries were open to anyone with Canadian Addresses. I truly wanted to honour someone in my 'community', whether a new friend or an old one. And hoped that my sincerity would speak for itself. There weren't a lot of entries, but I'm not bummed about it. It was a worthwhile way to cut my teeth in the world of blogging while hosting great discussions. The giveaway was a bonus and the benefits will carry forward...
Did you know? The Canadian Red Cross offers a variety of services. They are always ready to help: they offer First Aid/CPR training, promote swimming skills and water safety, help family members re-connect after a disaster, provide shelter and necessities after a disaster whether local or international, and much more.
Following a disaster, the Red Cross works with governments and other humanitarian organizations to provide for people's basic needs including shelter, family reunification, assistance finding support, first aid, information, food and clothing.
The Canadian Red Cross collects funds to meet the immediate relief and long-term recovery needs of disaster survivors. Should donations supporting a specific Red Cross disaster relief and recovery effort meet the amount required, the Canadian Red Cross will cease collecting donations for the response and will communicate this information immediately to the public.
Information directly quoted from http://www.redcross.ca/
Charity Registration Number: 119219814RR0001