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Day 14: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

“T’is the season to be thankful” and to give. A.K.A Thanksgiving.

I didn’t have anything special planned for a Thanksgiving GIVE until yesterday. I received a Facebook text from a dear friend and brilliant local chef Ned Bell. Ned and I have been doing charity events together for many years. It just so happens we have both moved to Vancouver from Toronto and are finding our way in the world of giving here in BC.

Ned was just featured in the Vancouver Sun for being a leader in the food industry by supporting The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. An article worth reading.

Back to the GIVE. Ned and his kids wanted to help a family in need this holiday weekend by providing a full turkey dinner with all the fixings. When I received his Facebook text, I personally wanted to be that family just so I could have a home cooked meal by Ned! (haha) But I had something else in mind.

In reading My Story in this blog you will already know I am an adoptive parent. My husband and I were blessed with a son just 3 years ago when he was an infant and he is the single greatest gift I have every received in my life.

I have also discovered that being a parent and a stay home working Mom is the single hardest combined jobs I have every had in my life. No one, no book, can every express how much work being a parent really is. Somewhere between the sleep deprivation and the constant 24 hour care a child takes is truly remarkable. I wonder how I am still standing most days. Yet I love being a Mom and I couldn’t imagine what it would be like not to be able to provide for your child. I’m not referring to a 3rd world nation but right here in Canada.

The first thing I wanted to do once I was settled into Mommy-hood was help other mothers that weren’t nearly as blessed as I.  I asked the perfect person how I could help,my social worker from the Ministry of Children ad Family Development. She sits on the Board of Directors for an organization that supports mothers that need a helping hand. The organization is called Spectrum.

Sally Livingstone, the founder of the organization, is a pediatric nurse and foster parent for babies that have many challenges at birth. I just recently started working with Spectrum to help in any way I could.  I decided Sally was the perfect person to contact regarding Ned’s offer to help. Sally was on it right away and put me in contact with a single Mother of 3 younge children that would be thrilled to have Ned’s support this weekend.

GIVE 14 / Day 14

Ned and I met at a young women’s apartment here in Vancouver. Ned was giving to the family a special turkey dinner with all the trimming. I had the cloths, bottles and books to help with her 6 months old little girl. My girlfriends all generously drop their used clothing off to me knowing I will get it directly to Mom’s that need it. My basement is currently filled with items I will soon be donating.

I was amazed by this Mom. She had 3 children ages 6, 5 and 6 months. Her oldest has autism, her second is on the verge of the same diagnosis and she has a baby. She had to stop working to take care of them. All she can do most days is take one minute at a time.

As much as I love having time with my family and enjoying a great meal together with them at the holidays, there is nothing that makes me happier than knowing I have made someone’s day a little better -especially another Mom’s.

A special thanks to Ned for being a special guest in my Thanksgiving GIVE! You were my inspiration today!
Thank you to all the Mom’s that in trust in me, by donating their cloths to me to ensure they get to the right place.

We are doing together – changing the world one day at a time.

Time Commitment: 1.5 hours    Cost: 0

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“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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“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.”
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