Pitch in at the grocery store and online!

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Today is the 5th day of our 12days campaign to get people to pitch in, and is a very busy day for the House of Friendship. Why? Well, today is the day that we started the distribution of Turkeys to the community – thanks to the help of many volunteers and the hard work of the Rotary Club.

Today is full of sharing, warm thoughts, and a lot of heavy lifting for us. For you, I’m sure it’s no different. We all want to do what we can to ensure our family, friends and loved ones know how much we appreciate them. For some that means getting the perfect gift; and for others it’s all about family get togethers, sharing a meal, a card or a kind word. With the holiday season starting to pick up it’s not always easy to find time to buy the gifts, bake cookies,  and sign all the cards for the ones you love while also managing various other tasks such as cleaning the house, working at your job, taking care of your children, and so on.

If you’re trying to find a gift for someone, this is the time of year when things can get extra stressful. The malls are packed with people, the days seem shorter and patience starts to wear thin. This could be why each year more and more people turn to online shopping to help ease the stress of going to the crowded shopping malls and hopefully save some time.

If you’re one of those people who are interested in online shopping options, I’m here to share some good news with you! Now not only can you shop at home in the comfort of your pajamas, but you can also do your part to pitch in and make a donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto or other charitable organizations while you shop. In order to make this happen, you need to visit this website to complete your online shopping. Here you’ll be able to buy anything from theatre tickets to sporting equipment to jewelry to dinnerware and so much more!  There’s something for everyone! Then each company will donate up to 50 percent of the purchase price to a charity.

However if online shopping is not your cup of tea, or you want to help out people locally, please keep in mind that there are many other ways to help those in need. You can volunteer your time or donate food, clothing, baby items, bus tickets, or money.  We have shared many tips and suggestions so far and you can find them all here.

Some of the most needed food items are being highlighted at various Loblaw chain grocery stores throughout the region such as Valu-Mart, Zehrs, No Frills, or the Real Canadian Superstore. You may have seen this image near some food products in your local grocery store:

This image is to help promote their annual “Extra Helpings Holiday food drive” program, which kicked off November 25th. Each time the event runs these stores are hoping to collect enough food and monetary donations to help fill local food bank shelves for the season. Any donations are appreciated, but please try to pick the same healthy food options that you would choose for your own family. But this in store promotion will be ending very soon!  The last day is tomorrow: December 15!  Can you still donate after the 15th though?  Of course, as usual, there will be a bin by the check out that you can drop food items off in. However the helpful signs probably won’t be there to help guide you.

Regardless of the way you choose to help out this holiday season, each action makes a tremendous impact to the work of a charitable organization and for the people in need of some extra help right now. Hunger doesn’t take a holiday and neither does the need for donations all year round. Even one can of soup can make a difference – it will be someones lunch or dinner – and a very tangible gift that you can make to someone during the month of December.

What are you doing to help pitch in?  Let us know on twitter and Facebook.  Did you donate a can of soup at your local grocery store?  Talk about it, tweet it, blog it!  Your actions will encourage others, and help make someones day while they struggle with hard times.

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