Here’s how to quickly finish off your holiday shopping: pay it forward this year

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We all have so much “stuff.” We’re purging our closets and our homes and cottages to de-clutter so here’s a gift suggestion for the holidays, pay it forward in one of these ways. It also sends a message to your kids that Christmas + Chanukah are not just about receiving but giving as well. And you can complete your shopping lists in a matter of minutes!


Send a child to Camp Ooch

Right in our own Muskoka backyard is one of the greatest camps for children with Cancer. Right now, your donation will be matched by a generous donor, so any gift you give is essentially doubled. You can donate online and give a gift in someone’s honour.

camp ooch

Assist a micro entrepreneur or give the gift of clean water

This San Francisco-based non profit enables you to become a micro lender, helping anyone from women to single parents to people with water and sanitation issues and anywhere in the world you choose. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition. Kiva’s mission is a world “where all people hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.”

When you give a Kiva Card, you give someone the chance to change a life. They choose who to support, and when the loan is repaid, they can relend those same funds again and again to make an even bigger impact! Donate online:

Paws and Give – Ontario SPCA/Muskoka Animal Centre

I love the name of the gift program and if you love furry creatures, you can give a gift through the Ontario SPCA/Muskoka Animal Centre program. There are gifts for dog people, cat people and horse people or you can support animals in need.

Online shopping makes it a breeze:

Muskoka animal center

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