The Ultimate Gift

Holiday Volunteering Opportunities
The Ultimate Gift

“He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! ‘Maybe Christmas’, he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!’”

The Grinch’s big idea is just as relevant as it was in 1957 when Dr. Seuss penned the famous poem, so give your children (and yourself) the ultimate gift this holiday season by volunteering as a family to help those who need it most.

The winter season is challenging enough with icy roads, frigid weather and snowy sidewalks. Imagine adding a physical limitation, whether from illness, accident or age. One of the easiest ways to volunteer as a family and make a significant difference to Calgarians in need is to become a Snow Angel. This City of Calgary program encourages citizens to identify neighbours in need of assistance and take responsibility for removing snow and ice from their sidewalks, driveway or pathways to ensure safe access. There’s no need to register for this goodwill program. Just grab a shovel, your kids and head out. Introduce your family to your neighbours and add a personal community connection to this gift.

If snow removal is more winter than you care to confront, consider wrapping gifts on behalf of Calgary Family Services. Children as young as five will enjoy papering and taping at Sunridge Mall until Christmas Eve. Contact {Laurie to register.

Finally, many local charities and not-for-profits sponsor an adopt-a-family hamper program in December. Calgary Family Services is one. The Heartland Agency and EvenStart for Children Foundation of Calgary is another. EvenStart operates a preschool for severely at-risk children (as well as other programs). They facilitate a hamper service to the families of these children through the incredible dedication of teachers and volunteers. Contact Brianna Parkhill for information. Your children might not have the opportunity to meet the recipient families, but kids can participate by organizing and shopping (with you) for the contents of the hamper.

“And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.” And yours will, too, if you celebrate the season of giving in one of these ways.

Tagged under family, holiday, winter, charity
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First published 2010.12.09

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