A day to just give because you can - it works - quite well actually

By Staff

December 17th, 2021



Giving Tuesday for 2021 went well – better than the year before.

The idea of creating a day in the year when the focus was on giving came out of the 42nd Street YMCA in New York City in 2012 and just grew.

Kristen Curry, Chair, Halton Gives explains how the idea works in Canada, in each of the provinces and then how in Ontario, where there are 42 local groups, work with not for profit organizations, to help them reach out to local groups and guide them as they do their own very local fund raising

This year Halton residents, businesses, community groups, charities and non-profit organizations came together to celebrate GivingTuesday on November 30th, and demonstrate their generosity on this global day of giving!

Over 70 Halton organizations partnered with Halton Gives and took part in GivingTuesday this year.

Here are some of the local highlights:

200 families from Immigrant Services and Childcare Programs will receive $100 gift cards to use for a holiday meal and/or warm clothing for winter

7 cribs were filled with items for families in need (diapers, formula, cereal, etc.)

Funds were raised for Child and Family Services to alleviate the cost of programming for families of children with developmental disabilities

The Oakville Rangers – took some time off the ice to raise funds to purchase gift cards for people in need.

$1,500 was raised in grocery gift cards plus 2 boxes full of food items, with the help of a local youth hockey team Oakville Rangers

Donors were thanked on social media with a reach of 1,000

Funds were raised to purchase 100 Reindeer Chocolate Packages to be delivered to clients

$4,700 was raised to support students experiencing food insecurity

4 guide dogs were fully funded and named through a contest (Alfonso, Jaz, Magic and Neka)

Over $7,500 was raised to provide in-need clients and families with a hand up over the holiday season

Food4Kids volunteer Gayle Cruikshank with Linsday Batstone from Two Sevens Capital.

Curry explained the impact the pandemic has increased the need for human connections, acts of kindness and positivism. The demand for support programs and services across in Halton

. It also has Thank you to everyone who participated in GivingTuesday this year. Whether you donated your time, money, talent, or voice for a cause – your actions made a difference!” said Kristen Curry, Chair of Halton Gives.

Halton Gives is a civic movement participating in the global GivingTuesday initiative. Our goal is to engage the Halton community in supporting (and celebrating!) the work of the amazing charities and non-profits that support the Halton region.

GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate giving of all kinds, celebrated on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday; in 2021 the date was November 30th.

The movement was launched in Canada in 2013 by GIV3 and CanadaHelps.org The idea was originally founded in the US in 2012 by 92nd Street Y in partnership with the UN Foundation.

Giving Tuesday will be on November 29th in 2022


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