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Day 239: All Men & Women are Created Equal – Then a Few Become Fire Fighters

My give today was one small act that I completed with my son.  It was to help an organization of men and women that are willing to put their own life on the line to help another, to save another. It’s in the heart and sole of a Fire Fighter to give back and my son and I wanted to support them in their efforts.

Give 239: Day 239

I live just a few blocks from the West Vancouver Fire Station. I know how often I hear those sirens go off as they dash out to help yet another person. I have had first hand experience not only once but twice this past year where the fire department was the first on the scene to help a person in need. (Day 37 Day 35,) I recently noticed a donation box right at the fire station asking for clothing and books. This was a give my son and I could do together. This was my chance to include my 3 year old in a give and teach him about philanthropy – and giving every day. Instead of dropping a bag of unwanted to cloths to a thrift store we stopped by the Fire Station to drop our bag in the donation box.

The remarkable thing about Fire Fighters all over North America is not only do they save lives and put their own on the line but they also have a charitable arm that continues to give all year long. The West Vancouver Fire Fighters Charitable Society has raised over $76,000 since conception and contributes to local organizations that need their support all year round.

If you have time one day stop in to your local fire station and just say thank you. Bring some cookies or do what we did and make a donation. Let’s show our Fire Fighters how much we respect and admire what they do for us everyday.

Time Commitment: 2 minutes

Cost: 0 cloths we no longer wanted

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
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“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)