12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 12 ~ Giving Back

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12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 12 ~ Giving Back 

Your Time

Volunteer ANYWHERE… The food bank, visiting seniors in seniors centres, shoveling your neighbours driveway, serving food at a shelter, or delivering gifts for the Magic of Christmas program are just a few ways to give your time. Wherever you live there will be opportunities to volunteer.

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Gifts That Give

We are all buying gifts for our loved ones so why not buy items that contribute to the causes we love all year long? Here are a few great options.


Love for Lewiston


The Love for Lewiston Foundation exists to create awareness, bring joyful experiences spreading love and directing money to local families, and ultimately raising funds focused on treatments and finding a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy through SMA Research and The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.








Hillberg & Berk X Gems for Gems 

Gems for Gems EMPOWERS and EDUCATES to create enduring change

and end the cycle of abuse for survivors, AND their children.



White Gold 


Rose Gold



We Will Rock You Theater Tickets X Cerebral Palsy Kids 

This wonderful opportunity is a collaboration with We Will Rock You Theater Tickets and Cerebral Palsy Kids. By following the link you will be getting an awesome gift of tickets to a wonderful show at the Jubilee while giving back to a wonderful cause. 100% of tickets go to CP Kids and Families. 



Anonymous Gift Programs

Cerebral Palsy Kids ~ Adopt-A-Family & Closer to Home - Community Services

How it works is you get an entire families wish list.  Usually the items are winter clothing, clothes, basic household items and toys for the kids. Every year my Sister organizes an amazing group of girls who want to give the families a magical Christmas. We were able to adopt a family with a long list and divide the gifts between the group to provide the families with EVERYTHING they’ve wished for. This is easily the best part of Christmas for me. I’m so fortunate to be able to do this with my wonderful family and friends.


12 Days of Christmas - Day 12 - Giving Back


The Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas delivers gifts and Christmas cheer to more than 400 families who are suffering from emotional, physical or financial despair. Check out their website below for program details and drop off locations for gifts. They also have many opportunities to volunteer right up until Christmas Eve.




Santa’s Anonymous

Santa’s Anonymous is a Toy Gift Giving Program that has many drop off locations around the city.


Santa for Seniors

Don’t forget the seniors over the holidays. This program works much like the programs around the city for children. You can go to London Drugs locations and take a tag off the Santa for Seniors tree. You return your gifts to London Drugs.


Donation Programs

Inn from the Cold


The Food Bank


Veteran’s Food Bank




Being Patient and Kind

I know the season brings a lot of stress. From waiting in long lines to dealing with other stressed people who aren’t always kind. Be the kindness. Be patient, Say thank you, See the good in all of the hustle + bustle. Your smile, your understanding and your kindness might make someone who’s having a hard time’s day. And isn’t that what Christmas is about?! I promise you whatever it is you chose to do will make you feel happy. And I hope you carry on doing wonderful things for people all year long.


A heartfelt thank you to ALL of you for reading my blog over the last 12 Days. I look forward to writing my blog every holiday and I am beyond grateful for all of the people who take time out of their day to read, comment and share my posts. I have had more readers this year than ever so thank YOU all very much for your love and support.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope your holidays are happily spent with friends and and family.

All my love,