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.
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.”
100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.
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: https://www.kiva.org/
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: http://muskoka.ontariospca.ca/muskoka-home.html