I love the holidays for so many reasons. The lights and decorations, music and food. But mostly I love the special time spent with family and friends, creating memories and sharing the love. And the cookies. Sadly, not everyone gets to enjoy that part.
Every year, around 300 young patients have to spend the holidays away from home at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. And while SickKids is a pretty awesome hospital, as hospitals go, it is still not home. That's hard at any time of year, but when the holidays come around, and family traditions are being missed, it's extra difficult on these kids. The SickKids Foundation has a way you can help make the season a little merrier for them, while doing something already on your prep list - Gift Shopping!
SickKids Get Better Gifts are available year-round, but become especially meaningful at this time of year, with a selection of holiday themed options. You browse the catalogue online, and choose a tangible gift to send to a child at SickKids. Options include a Christmas Stocking Surprise ($30), a Holiday Meal for a Family ($45), or a Wish List Gift ($65). You can even honour a gamer with a $36 donation to provide new videogames and wireless controllers to allow young patients to enjoy an everyday kid experience even from their hospital bed.
The tangible gift you choose will help make the holidays special for a sick child. And each gift chosen comes with a greeting card (printable, electronic, or through the mail), that you personalise and send to your loved one, letting them know you are thinking of them and have chosen a meaningful, charitable gift to send in their honour.
Personally, I think this type of giving is a great alternative to trying to find the perfect gift for that friend or relative who "has everything." It's likely true that they really don't need anything else, other than your love and the knowledge you are thinking about them. Knowing that someone who really needs a little extra has received some good cheer will surely bring them joy!
And, if you have kids in the school system, please consider SickKids Get Better Gifts for their teachers. I can pretty much guarantee that teacher does not need another mug or box of chocolates. But he or she will surely appreciate a donation made in their honour to SickKids. Consider Arts & Crafts Supplies ($12) or Books for the Children's Library ($25). We've chosen the latter for Boo's teacher this year.
Matching ProgramOnce again this year, the Orinoco Foundation will generously match a selection of Get Better Gifts, meaning your donation will go twice as far! Just look for this icon:
Orinoco will match these gifts, purchased until December 31, 2016, up to a maximum of $98,000.
Order DeadlinesOrder your gifts by December 2nd to have your card sent to any Canadian address by December 24th.
But if you need a last minute gift? PDFs and ecards are always available!
Get all the details and browse the full catalogue of gifts online at getbettergifts.com
About the SickKids FoundationEstablished in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. The Foundation's fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society. Community support, separate and distinct from government and granting agencies, is a critical source of funding for SickKids. In the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2015, SickKids Foundation invested $108.4 million in child health research, learning and care.
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by SickKids Foundation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. Boo is a SickKids kid, and we are regular supporters of the great work they do.