With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, our thoughts always turn to our community, giving and charity work. The newest campaign that I am proud to be a part of is the latest in the My Giving Moment campaign (inspired by the Governor General of Canada) and is called Dare2Give.
The concept is simple; research has shown that one of the main reasons that people decide to give is simply because someone asked them to and that an effective way to ask someone is to dare them. We are encouraged to think about the possibilities; what would happen if everyone challenged one other person to donate or volunteer along with them?
Dare2Give by My Giving Moment is asking Canadian givers to dare other to donate or volunteer with them and to be honest, if anyone can do it, it’s us Canadians. What could be better than making our nation an even more caring one? By daring someone to help you, you are doubling your impact. What a thought this is to remember. Every action you do to help out can be doubled just by asking someone to join you!
I love this campaign and I am so thrilled to be taking part in something so very meaningful. This is the type of thing I love; you don’t necessarily have to spend any money, all you have to do is something meaningful for someone else.
I have decided to dare you, my readers (that’s all of you!) to donate one item to the food bank bin in your local grocery store next time you go shopping this holiday season. It’s a small thing, but oh, this time of year the food bank so desperately needs those donations! The item can be small and inexpensive. Do you know how many of you read this website? We are talking over 300,000 people every month. Just imagine for a moment if you all took me up on this challenge and did it. Mind. Blowing. This is exactly what the campaign is all about, the possibility of challenging others to help you and the ripple effect of giving.
To dare exact people, I name my sister Karami, my brother Wyatt and my friend Blackbird to make a donation next time they are in the grocery store OR simply choose something from home and drop it off at the nearest food bank donations bin.
Here’s the kids making their choice for the food bank. We are going to work on a bag of donations that the kids are going to drop off in mid-December.
Now the neatest part is that there is a contest going on, by daring your friends, family and colleagues, you have a chance to win for your favourite charity, including the grand prize of a television commercial! This contest is going on until December 14th, 2014.
So, what are you going to dare? It can be as simple as daring your friends to make an effort to buy a coffee for the person behind them in the drive through (one of my favorite things to do, especially in the winter!) or shovelling show for your neighbor and daring your friends to do the same. There are so many ways to give and to spread joy that don’t always involve money, all it takes is some time and effort on our parts.
If you do take part (and I really hope you do) make sure to visit the Dare2Give website or see below to enter how many dares you have made for a chance to win for your favorite charity.
Happy giving everyone!
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own and in no way for they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.