There is no feeling greater than the one that overcomes you when you put yourself aside for a moment and focus on the greater good of someone else or just society in general.
Being a new Mom, I am known to often hit up the local coffee shop drive thru after dropping my daughter off at school. Sometimes coffee just tastes better when it is made by someone other than yourself, especially after you have had a rough night with the kids. The same thing could be said about coffee tasting better when purchased by someone other than yourself. It may be the smallest gesture, but from time to time I like to pay for the person’s order who is behind me in drive thru. It’s such a selfless act, but the overwhelming feeling of knowing you may have made someone’s day that much better is just heartwarming.
Giving doesn’t just have to stop at paying someone else’s tab. Giving can also involve supporting a charity close to your heart.
ALS Canada being one that I hold near and dear to my own.
My Nana lost her battle to ALS on December 14, 2012. Just 3 days shy of her 71st birthday. Each year I make a point to donate to the ALS Society of Canada in honour of her.
It’s an amazing feeling to support a charity that you hold close to your heart knowing that the money will be used towards research, fundraising home care, and so much more.
Research has shown that the reason so many people give is simply because someone has asked them to. An effective way to ask someone to do something is to dare them. Take a look at the recent ice bucket challenge, for example.
With that being said, I’m daring my husband, my father-in-law, my lovely friend, Brandy from My Unwritten Life, and you my Canadian readers to give back to the community. This could be something as simple as raking your neighbours lawn, surprising someone by paying for their tab in the drive thru or donating to a charity that you hold close to your heart.
Dare2Give by My Giving Moment (inspired by the Governor General of Canada) is asking givers to dare others to donate or volunteer with them to increase their giving impact and make Canada a more caring nation. By participating in a Dare2Give moment, it is an opportunity for all Canadian givers to double their giving impact by daring someone to give with them. Could you imagine if every Canadian giver challenged one other person to donate or volunteer along with them? Think of the impact we would all make as a nation.
By daring their friends, family and colleagues, current givers will have a chance to win for their favourite charity including the grand prize of a television commercial. Contest ends December 14, 2014. I encourage everyone to take a stance, take the challenge, visit the Dare2Give website for more information or see below to enter the number of people you’ve dared.
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.