Give the “Gift of Hope” this Christmas Season!

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Holiday season is upon us now that it is officially November! Invites to Holiday corporate parties and festive get togethers are already on their way.

If you are planning to do a ‘Secret Santa’ with your co-workers and/or family this year, why not consider something different …. like donating to a special cause as a group.  Instead of giving “Sue” another funny mug or “Ted” a set of wacky plaid socks, consider making a donation in their name or in your group’s name. Whether your group is your department or family members. A touching way to give back to the business community you work and play in!

Many national and local charities are running great campaigns to build awareness to help families and children in need.

Remember “Giving Tuesday” is Tuesday December 1st … but you don’t have to wait until then to make your gift count.

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These are some organizations that could benefit from your Christmas donation, whatever the amount.

Operation Christmas Child – Samaritan’s Purse Canada
My son’s school did this last year and it really resonated with me. Knowing you are sending simple items like soap, toothbrushes, and, school supplies to children that really need them overseas. Items that we have at our disposal can bring children overseas so much joy and relief.

We’ve already packed our shoebox for this year’s donation.

Check their website for a drop-off location within your community.


CityKidz
You can sponsor a child in your region, whether you are in Ottawa, Regina or in Hamilton. Your money will reach a child near you; knowing you are doing your part to make your community a better place. And if you’d like to make a general donation, know it will be going to enhance the programs they offer such as Kinder Kidz and Junior Leadership. Shaping minds for the future!

Music Counts
I spotted an advertisement while I sat and waited for Koba Entertainment’s Bubble Guppies show at Hamilton Place a few weekends ago. The ad was catchy and effective, enough for me to remember to tell some of my musician friends. This powerful cause is determined in saving music programs within our Canadian schools. I tried piano and clarinet when I was in grade school … that was the extent of my musical abilities. But I’ve always appreciated those that can read and make beautiful music.


Poverty Revolution – Food for the Hungry Canada

Food for the Hungry is a Christian non-profit organization, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, dedicated to ending poverty – one community at a time. By sponsoring a child, or giving unique gifts such as livestock, garden tools, school classroom supplies, and medical equipment; all these are practical in helping communities become independent and sustainable.  From buying a cow or goat, to a sewing machine or sports equipment, these will benefit the young and old in strengthening their overall communities.

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Do you know of any other national or local charitable events? Please feel free to share in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!

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Coming together for a Corporate Feud

Hi everyone! It’s November! I haven’t blogged in a while, but here is my latest guest blog post for Chicago’s Corporate Event Interactive. They had a pretty cool client teambuilding activity recently based on Family Feud … who doesn’t love this show, whether you are a fan of the original or the new comeback with Steve Harvey.  Enjoy!

When was the last time your Corporate Feud was a funny, engaging one? Our teambuilding activity (based on the widely-known, long-running Family Feud game show) was exactly that for one of our valued clients, Brightstar Corp.  On October 15th, 2015, we ran The Brightstar Game Show Medley at the welcoming DoubleTree Hotel.

“Teams face off at the buzzer”
“Teams face off at the buzzer”

This brought their department together as a “family”, a corporate family. It allowed each individual to depend on each other, engage with one another, in answering the best they could to the different survey questions being posed within an allotted time frame. It was a funny way for everyone to learn to rely on each other outside their day-to-day office space. Yet, it still helped to meet the end goal: the importance of coming together, regardless of the specific environment, to complete tasks that result in successful business outcomes. The more you trust your co-workers, the better your working relationships will be. Creating for better everyday business practices.

If you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?

"The winning team!"
“The winning team!”

The day proved this as the different activities rolled out. There were winners and there were good sports (who earned a delicious box of Rice Roni … perfect for dinner that night, we might add). What really counts is that they were able to work as a team and deliver results … together.

"The good sports ... still winners in our eyes!"
“The good sports … still winners in our eyes!”

“It was great. Everyone had a good time. It was a GREAT experience and everyone enjoyed themselves!!! Thank you!” ~ Brightstar Corp.