Over the last month, I know I’ve been sharing lots of gift guides with you in hopes to make your holiday shopping a little bit easier this Christmas … aannnd I know some of you love shopping JUST as much as I do, it’s FUN! But, I’ve been feeling like the last few years have been a mad panic to run around and buy a bunch of people who already have everything, MORE things… and it’s not quite as gratifying as it used to be….
Some of you remember last year, I cut back on Christmas gifts and sponsored two families through the Kelowna Food Bank. It really was THE best gift of last year (besides the little bean that was growing in me of course!!!)
With Leo being so young still, and not knowing the difference at the moment, I really enjoy spending less money on our family and having the opportunity of spending it on those who REALLY need it!!! So, when the opportunity arose to sponsor a couple of families again this Christmas, I was BEYOND ecstatic and eager to do it all over again … and this was the EXACT moment I knew that a brand new Christmas tradition was born!!!
A few of our amazing partners and brands caught wind of our project and wanted to help out and give back this year!!!! From gift certificates for groceries to organic baby food, warm clothes to wear, new eyeglasses … to some amazing makeup for the deserving mamas, I was completely BLOWN AWAY by the generosity of all of the brands who didn’t think twice about lending a helping hand!!! And so, with the help of some of my favourite brands together we were able to ensure both of these families will have food in their tummies and gifts for their little ones under the tree this Christmas.
Because of the overwhelming response from all of the brands I wasn’t able to spend as much as I thought I was going to have to on both of these families (which normally is a good thing, but I had a specific budget in mind and has my mind set on spending it!!) so instead I decided to match the donation amount from each company in cash and donated it to the Kelowna Food Bank.
I certainly couldn’t have been able to support these families to the extent I was able to this year without the help of some of my favourite brands!!! A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all of the amazing companies that made this so successful for the families in need!!! In no particular order, I would love to recognize them below!!! …
I will admit, I wasn’t really feeling the Christmas spirit this year UNTIL Friday rolled around and I made my first delivery to the families … my heart was exploding with love (and may have even grown 10 sizes too big …) and I was BAWLING like a baby!!! I can’t even begin to explain how surreal it feels to help out those in need … oh my goodness … my eyes are starting to water just writing about my experience …
It’s still not too late to give back this year, there are so many small ways you can give back on a daily basis that will make a huge impact on someone. Simple things like buying someone a hot coffee, donating some of your spare change to the Salvation Army, smiling at a stranger, etc. Not only will spreading the cheer warm your heart but doing so will also leave a positive impact on others.
For additional ideas, make sure to check out my five easy ways to give back here and for some ideas that cost nothing at all, take a look here!! What are some of your favourite ways to help out those in need?? Comment below!!!