Today is a GIVE I may have normally have turned down. It would have seemed like an extra “to do” on my long list of items, but instead I looked it as an opportunity to GIVE. Now that I have trained my brain to GIVE when the opportunity knocks I answer the door.
Day 67: GIVE 67
I like to grocery shop at a few regular stores. They have certain products I like or they carry items I can’t get anywhere else. The IGA Market Place here in West Vancouver is one of those stores. I have gotten to know the staff, they know my son by name and I can get most of the items I need in one shop. The added bonus is they have these great promotions that go on throughout the year. I have collected IGA stamps and gotten everything from a new set of Royal Dalton dishes to stainless steal knives and even crystal glassware.
This time of year I collect turkey dollars and by the time the big day comes and I have to buy my turkey I get it for free. This year I am planning to donate that free turkey to a family that may not otherwise have the money to get one for themselves.
Today my son and I went to the IGA to do some shopping and when we paid for our groceries the cashier informed me I had just purchased enough groceries to get two 4 litre jugs of milk. I was shocked. My first response, as was my son’s, is we don’t drink cow’s milk in our family, as we all have a dairy allergy. I asked if I could donate the milk instead and she said she was happy to give me the milk but I would have to donate it myself. It took me about 3 seconds to say yes I would take it and yes to taking it and donating it.
I had the perfect place in mind. It would take us out of our way and I had to ask my son if that he would mind delaying a trip to visit Santa so we could donate the milk to Harvest Project. He literally said to me at the ripe old age of 3 “let’s do it Mom, let’s donate it!” From a child’s mouth to your eyes reading this.
So off we went, a good 15 minute drive to Harvest Project over in North Vancouver. I came across Harvest Project last year before I started 365give. They have a great Thrift Store that we had visited and I was interested to see what their organization was all about. My son and I decided to go speak with the executive director Gary Ansell. Gary was very gracious with his time and we had a long chat about the organization and how we could help through volunteering and donations. This is the organization’s mission:
“Harvest Project helps people who are experiencing challenging life circumstances, through channelling the resources of the community to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support that empowers people to take positive steps forward in their lives. Since 1993, Harvest Project has been reaching out to individuals and families in an attempt to help them cope with difficult life circumstances such as family break-ups, illness, job loss, addictions and mental health issues.
We help clients to overcome challenges and move towards being self-sufficient. Harvest Project nurtures the potential of every client, while coaching them towards a more positive future. Harvest Project was founded upon the core elements of dignity, respect and accountability.
Clients will find the support network they need for success at Harvest Project. Through client care meetings, free clothing and groceries, life skills classes and connections to other resources in the community, Harvest Project can provide the safety net between temporary setbacks and crises.”
We were greeted at the door by two very helpful volunteers and the milk was a much needed donation. Milk is expensive for many families and a great luxury. They were happy to take our donation and thanked us for coming all the way down.
There are so many great opportunities this time of year to donate (money or goods), to volunteer and participate in your community. Please share your holiday giving stories with 365give. I love to hear how everyone seizes the opportunities in their day to GIVE. It continues to inspire me on my journey.
Time Commitment: 30 minutes