The Holidays are Richer Through Giving #12daysforgood


12 days for good connection

by Karen Scian, originally published in her column Bein’ Scian in the Waterloo Chronicle

‘Tis the season, they say. The season of eggnog, frantic shopping excursions, tasty cookie exchanges, and an extra touch of sparkle on everything.

I have learned — from my own personal journeys in this crazy life — that the holiday season is enriched when you make a point of giving. It becomes about community, rather than your own little world. It becomes about needs, rather than wants. It helps you focus on what matters, rather than on the crazy commercial distractions that are everywhere.

Giving reminds you of the reason for the season.

That’s why I immediately accepted the invitation from the House of Friendship to be a “Do-Gooder” for their annual 12 Days of Good Campaign, a fabulous local initiative that supports many worthwhile causes over the holidays.

What’s a “Do-Gooder” you ask? Well, quite simply, I will join 11 others on a 12-day mission to do good things in our community. Between Dec. 8-19, I will volunteer, donate, help or get involved in a variety of causes or charities in Waterloo Region. Our do-gooder journeys will be shared via social media, with the goal of inspiring others to give. I encourage you to catch the spirit and share the good, by joining us at

On that note, I’d like to highlight a few giving initiatives that you may want to support over the next few weeks.

If you are out shopping for toys, please consider grabbing a few extras to drop off at your local fire hall by Dec. 20. Every year, our Waterloo firefighters collect donations for the annual Knights of Columbus New Toys for Needy Kids toy drive. Their goal is simple — toys under every tree on Christmas morning.

Unwrapped toys, gift cards and donations can also be dropped off under the Tree of Angels at Conestoga Mall, outside the entrance to Target, until Dec. 20. Please think about older children and teenagers as you are making your choices.

Meaghan Coneybeare — a caring young community leader — is collecting pajamas for victims of human trafficking, with the goal of collecting 100 pajama sets by Dec. 20. If you would like to help provide the gift of comfort, donations are being accepted at our local police station.

Finally, please don’t forget the annual Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club’s Turkey Drive, as they work with the House of Friendship to provide 3,700 turkeys, 300 Halal turkeys and food for 4,250 Christmas food hampers. They are about $35,000 short of their goal this year. Find out more at

Toys, warmth and food on the table. Happy do-gooding, everyone!

You can follow Karen Scian and the good she does for our community year round on Twitter

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other << TWEET THIS


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