You’ve heard about ‘Black Friday’ – the biggest retail shopping day of the year that kicks-off the relative madness of Christmas shopping in North America. You’ve probably also heard about ‘Cyber Monday’ – online retailers response to Black Friday that continues the spending frenzy after the weekend of failing to find everything on your gift shopping list.
You may not, however, have heard of the new movement called ‘Giving Tuesday‘ – a day to move the focus to giving back. Giving Tuesday “celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations”. Started last year south of the border, we are proud to participate this year in Canada’s first Giving Tuesday on December 3.
Giving Tuesday celebrates the many ways your gifts of time, talent, and treasure make a difference for our clients. More importantly, it’s an opportunity for us to thank the many many supporters who throughout the year ensure that we can continue to support, encourage, house, counsel and ‘manifest the love of Jesus’ to those in need.
Here are some ways you can participate in Giving Tuesday:
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Both gifts-in-kind and financial gifts are essential to continuing and expanding our services. This Giving Tuesday, you can give either:
Support someone living in The Cridge Supportive Transitional Housing by providing them with The Gift of Christmas with a Christmas hamper.
Donate quickly and easily online withour dedicated Giving Tuesday donation page. If you’re more comfortable giving the traditional way, you can mail a cheque and mark in the Memo “Giving Tuesday” or phone our accounting office with your credit card information at (250) 995-6402 and mention Giving Tuesday.
BONUS: If you choose to give online using Interac, Interac will match your gift and double your impact!
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- Talk to your children and family about The Cridge Centre, why you support us, and why charitable organizations are important in our communities.
- ‘Like’ us on Facebook, share our posts, pictures, and events with your friends there; invite Facebook friends to follow us, and let us know why you care about The Cridge Centre for the Family.
- Follow us on Twitter, retweet our activities that are of interest or importance to you, and encourage your followers to follow us.
- Invite someone from The Cridge Centre to come talk at your church, service organization, or professional association. (email Shannon firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more)
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Our services would be greatly reduced if we didn’t have generous and skilled volunteers who help lighten our load. They drive, cook, clean and encourage at The Cridge Transition House for Women. They take survivors of brain injury out in the community to reconnect. They keep our seniors engaged, active, and entertained. They construct the stunning and appreciated gift baskets that welcome parents of children with special needs on their Respitality stays.
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering, contact Shannon to find the best fit for your time and talents.
Want to learn a little more about Giving Tuesday? Why not watch this video (and keep an eye out for our logo).