With close to one million Canadians in need of food banks during the summer months, while the winter holidays are the traditional season of giving, food banks also need support in the summer. Food insecurity doesn’t take a summer break. Food bank organizations across Canada are relying on the support of donors to help end summer hunger.
The Every Plate Full began on May 28 and aims to raise awareness and donations to fill this seasonal gap. Are you up for the challenge? Are you up for the challenge? Could you feed yourself on just $1.00 a day? This is something food banks can do thanks to their partnerships with sponsors across the country, and the strong purchasing power they hold.
At food banks across the country, a $1 donation provides three meals.We challenge Canadians to feed themselves on $1 a day. Need ideas? Check out www.everyplatefull.cato get you started, and even if you can’t make it work share your story on social media. Word of mouth matters! Continue reading →
As promised on my Instagram stories, here is all the info on helping one of my favourite organizations The OLQP North Ranch. Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch Northern Alberta (OLQP North Ranch) is a registered nonprofit charity that partners with agencies throughout Edmonton area to provide a unique, enriching camp experience to thousands of children each year who require financial, emotional or social support. Contrary to the sound of their name, they are a non-religious charity and do not offer any faith based programming. Along with programming, they connect their clients with everyday necessities throughout the year: clothing, toys, household items, etc.
If you have time to give, here’s what you need to know:
They are sending out a call for Volunteers, they need Approximately 300 volunteers for the 9th Annual Children’s Christmas Party to be a success. They are looking for Edmontonians that are willing to donate their time & talents prepping for the event or volunteering at the event itself.
If you have monetary or item donations, here’s how you can help:
As well, you can understand the need in the city is great right now and their charity is still in desperate need of donations of:
200 pairs of brand new teen winter hats/gloves
150 winter toques for 12-16 yr old kids
New winter coats for teens
Stuffed Toy Drive – Edmontonians can drop off New & Gently Used Stuffed Animals at Welsh’s Cowtown (13715 Manning Drive – Edmonton), Eat Clean Healthy Grill & Juice Bar St. Albert (3500 Tudor Glen – St. Albert) or at the Ranch Office during business hours of 8:30am-5pm (903 153 Ave NE)
Year round they accept donations of gently used clothing for their Trading Post store. It is located at 903 153 Ave NE. The Trading Post donation hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm but please call ahead, it is volunteer operated. 780.475.7259 (Property is gated)
I struggled today watching the IG stories of other mom’s sending off their little one’s to the first day of school because today Alastair didn’t go… It’s not that he didn’t want to, or that we didn’t register him or didn’t prepare him for the big independence day. Today I got told the Community League of Newton in Edmonton would be dissolving their preschool program, leaving me high and dry. I think what frustrates me the most, the fact that there was no forewarning and they waited this long to announce the news. Yes folks, I just got to hear his program wouldn’t be running on the day he should have been starting. It’s not that there are not enough kids registered either. Apparently, it comes down to “staffing” issues.
Now I know some of you are rolling your eyes right now. It’s just preschool right? Wrong! For me, working on this blog from home Alastair hasn’t been to daycare. He hasn’t formed many little kid relationships. Nor has he had the opportunity to get learning ready, have structured time, or get to experience group activities. I’m devastated. I tried to do everything in my power. Registered him the moment that began in March of this year, paid his deposit, started having conversations preparing him for his new classroom. Just to have it cancelled on it’s start date when almost all our local programs are full or stopped taking registrations months ago is brutal.
I haven’t had the heart to tell him yet… instead we lined up his new clothes and shoes from West Coast Kids. Gabbed about how great it’s going to be… and told him, “that Mommy was wrong about the start day…” For now, I’m going to live that little white lie while I hustle for him to try my best to fix this. So like most moms, today was a teary one. It just wasn’t for the reasons I thought it was going to be. Instead I had a good cry in private because I let him down and I got to see that excitement fade in his eyes when I told him we were’t going today.
I was going to tell you all about all the sweet shoes he found. Take first day photos and do a little Q&A with him. I thought about not sharing this, since I feel so defeated. Like I let him down. But it’s real and sometimes we all need a little real life in the blogging world too. Because it isn’t always rainbows and butterflies… sometimes it just plain sucks.
I’m so honoured to partner with Huggies to help promote Global Hug Your Kid Day. One of the most valuable gifts we have is right here in our arms. Skin-to-skin hugs are the most valuable gifts parents can provide their baby in the hours, days and weeks after birth as it offers many psychological and physiological benefits for both baby and parent. An easy time to get in a skin-to-skin moment is after each diaper change, as baby is already unclothed and feeling comfortable in a clean diaper. On average a child requires up to 5,000 diaper changes in their little lifetime – that’s 5,000 opportunities for hugs!
Harper loves a fresh diaper. Huggies Little Snugglers diapers have tiny, soft pillows that provide a cushiony layer of protection between Harper’s skin and the mess – ensuring she is extra comfortable at all times. A diaper change is the perfect time for us to have that one on one girl chats, you know? She gets so focal and gives me all her coos and goos. I live for these moments. When she’s down to just a diaper I love to give her a relaxing massage with baby lotion and give her those all important hugs. It’s the perfect time to take 5 minutes and bond. Join me and share some very important love with your little one!
I want to preface this with the fact that I didn’t get paid to create this post, instead it’s a charity I feel very passionate about. I’ve partnered with McDonald’s to spread the news about McHappy Day this May. Each year, $1 of each hot McCafé beverage, Big Mac or Happy Meal purchase goes towards Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as well as other local children’s charities across Canada. When a child is sick or injured a family needs support and that’s when RMHC lends a helping hand across Canada. It’s a cause that has made an impact in the lives of Canadian families with sick children since 1981. Join me May 3rd to make a difference! Continue reading →