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Day 74: The Ethical Birthday Gift

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It’s official. I am in the birthday party circuit! Another birthday party to attend this weekend for Nicolas, my son and another great opportunity to GIVE. This GIVE is all about Ethical Giving.

Day 74 / GIVE 74

The definition of ethical giving is so well defined by Plan Canada. “Ethical gift giving is about giving a gift that truly matters, a gift that brings with it hope and change.”

I decided when I started 365give (since it launched on my son’s birthday) that I would only give ethic gifts to Nicolas’s friends for their birthdays. A special gift that would have meaning to the the child and the entire family. For my son, we purchased a birth certificate for a child on the other side of the world that otherwise would go through life with no identity.  This was to honour Nicolas’s adoption into our family and to celebrate the fact that even though he is adopted he is so blessed to have an identity and not be one of the lost children of our world.

We have made donations to celebrate birthdays including the Vancouver Aquarium for a girlfriend that has a passion for the fish and the BC Children’s Hospital is an on going popular choice by parents when asked where I could direct a donation.

The parents of this child’s birthday have a dedicated yearly donation set up to honour their children’s birth. They felt is  was very important to also celebrate their children’s lives by giving back to a hospital that is specifically dedicated to taking care of children when they are sick and in need.

So the GIVE of the day today is very simple but very important. My son chose a great Rock & Roll music card for his friend Lennox and we made a donation from the comfort of our home to the BC Children’s Hospital for the same amount we would have spent on a gift that the birthday boy potentially could have gotten bored of in 2 days.

Happy Birthday Lennox!

Time: Commitment: 10 minutes

Cost: Equivalent to a birthday gift

Jacqueline Way
Jacqueline Way
My dream is to inspire people around the world – young and old – to make a better, happier world for everyone. As a family we have come to learn through our own daily giving practice that if we all do one small thing to give every day – together we will be the change the world needs.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar Theo says:

    Thank you so much for supporting BC Children’s Hospital – great to hear!

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