Just a few days after Black Friday unofficially launches the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday (Nov. 27) harnesses generosity from people around the world to make a difference in their communities, including right here in Brock Township.
“GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday,” reads the GivingTuesday website, in part.
“The ‘Opening day of the giving season,’ it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.”
Although there are a number of great causes in the area, we thought we’d highlight some of the seasonal opportunities for giving in Brock, a community known for its giving spirit.
Organizers of a donation campaign through social media are hoping to generate a holiday haul for the Brock Community Food Bank.
Adeline Khoo Pettit, PeggyLee McLean and Colin Theodoru – the administrators of Facebook pages Brock Ultimate Deals and Beaverton Treasure Finds – are once again calling on the community’s support in collecting donations leading into the holiday season.
Also in support of the Brock Community Food Bank, Brock Township firefighters invite you to help them fill a firetruck with food on December 1. Learn how you can help by clicking here.
The Brock-Norma Green Christmas Wish program is getting rolling for yet another holiday season.
Named after its long-time co-ordinator, who passed away in 2012, the program has distributed gifts to families across the township for more than 25 years.
“We’ve got about 10 families signed up so far, which is common for this time of year,” said Ron Haines, a long-time volunteer who assumed the mantle of program co-ordinator following Green’s death.
Local residents are being asked to help spread a bit of holiday cheer by lending a hand to the Seniors Greetings campaign.
Launched by Cannington resident Jennifer Leece in 2012, the initiative sees volunteers make handmade cards for seniors living in area nursing homes.
More than 800 cards were distributed to residents in Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge last year alone.
Get the details about the upcoming Seasons Greetings workshops (Dec. 1 and Dec. 6).
Other local organizations listed through GivingTuesday
- Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary is asking the public to support the monkeys by donating towards winter upgrades to the monkey building.
- Fair Havens Ministries is asking for GivingTuesday donors to support the Youth Discipleship Program which every year, facilitates more than 100 students for nine weeks.
- Beaverton Special Events is also asking for the public’s help this GivingTuesday.