Every Day is Giving Tuesday

Tis the season to give, so why is charity limited to Tuesday?

If you made it through the celebrations of consumption known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, then you may have looked up from your Secret Santa wish list long enough to notice yesterday was Giving Tuesday. In the ever-increasingly, long lead-up to Christmas, Giving Tuesday stands as a single day solely dedicated to charity and selflessness. 

How quaint! A whole 24 hours to redirect our excessive consumerism toward those in need.

If this is the season of giving, why is the notion of selfless giving relegated to only one day? Demonstrating care for other people’s social well-being – the very definition of charity – could (ahem, should) be a daily act, not one day’s efforts. The fact is, we’ll shell out more for wrapping paper and cards than most parents can afford to spend on presents for their kids. That said, there are endless ways to make someone’s day, so don’t get caught up in the monetary amount of your charity. A simple pay-it-forward act of kindness goes a long way this time of year.

Here are a few ideas ranging from zero to $$$ to add some everyday philanthropy (#filanthropy) to your holiday season. Have a favourite way to give back during the holidays? Share in the comments below.

Free & Cheap

Give the gift of encouragement. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation welcomes gifts of “encouraging thought” to share with the patients and clients who rely on CAMH every day. On your lunch break, why not tap out a few bon mots to remind someone that life is worth living and that recovery is possible? 

Socks for Souls has partnered with Indie88 and on-air talent Josie Dye to collect thousands of socks for Toronto’s Homeless community. Every $1 donated can purchase two pairs of socks, so by skipping your afternoon oat milk latte you could gift socks to 10 people.

$50 or less

After scoring a pair of discounted shoes on Black Friday, don’t just recycle the shoebox. Consider putting together a box of goodies for a woman struggling with homelessness. The Shoebox Project distributes gift-filled Shoeboxes to women living in shelters across Canada, the United States, and the UK. Fill it with small items designed to comfort and pamper a woman who has been displaced from their homes and estranged from their families.

Big Spender

Second Harvest hosts a holiday auction with over 100 incredible gifts for your friends and family. Proceeds support Second Harvest’s food rescue program, where fresh, perishable food is diverted to their network of over 384 social service agencies. The items include everything from travel to cooking classes, toys to sports tickets. But hurry, the auction closes at 10:00 am (EST) on Monday December 9, 2019!

F-listed Auction is Live

 Happy birthday to me! For the next ten days explore F-listed, the first online auction of its kind. Browse and bid on fashionable goods donated by Canadian designers, retailers, tastemakers and celebrities across Canada. 

New items will be added throughout the week, so check back frequently. Are you on the mailing list? We’ll notify you when new items go live. Sign up here.

Proceeds help support Dress for Success Toronto, a cause I feel passionately about because we all deserve to look and feel our best. Dress for Success not only outfits disadvantaged women in professional attire, it helps them enter the professional world with mentoring
and job interview training. It’s a volunteer organization with outlets all over North America.

For more on F-listed, click here. Shop, browse and bid now, click here!

F-List’s 5 Year Celebration

Get ready to celebrate a milestone with the F-list – on October 6th the F-list celebrates its five year anniversary with F-listed, an online auction of fashionable goods in support of Dress for Success Toronto. 
Over the past few months I have amassed quite a collection of amazing goodies from my friends in the fashion business. And from October 6 – 16 the F-list will auction off items from designers, retailers and fashionable tastemakers and celebrities in Canada. Stay tuned to f-list.ca for details. Bidding goes live at midnight on October 6th and is open to Canada and the United States.

Holiday Wish List: Item #5

For any shoe lover, the idea of not having shoes is unimaginable.  But the notion that not having shoes could lead to death is purely unthinkable.  All hail TOMS Shoes.  This charitable organization has created a movement to outfit children in developing countries with shoes by way of every sale it makes. One for one.

According to TOMS website, a leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet.  Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.
So this holiday season, I have my eyes on this cute pair of canvas wedges that will be perfect come spring. This charitable shopping exercise is well within anyone’s budget at $69.  (The resulting feelgood vibes are free.)
Do you need any more reason?!