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12 Days of Giving

Posted by Brittany Beaupre on 27 November 2015 | 0 Comments

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'Tis the season to take a moment and recognize all the wonderful people and experiences that have helped make your past year special. It’s also a good time of year to take part in fun family activities and to give back to your community.

Here are 12 great ways to get involved in fun activities in your community or to give a gift to help BC kids grow healthy and happy.


Day 1: Festival of Trees

A community favourite, and one of the most anticipated events of the year, the Festival of Trees transforms hotel lobbies across BC into lush forests of brilliantly decorated trees. Event sponsors, who include local business organizations and individuals, come together to decorate each tree in a unique and exciting fashion. The event is a must see for all ages, and is open to the public seven days a week. There is no admission cost but we suggest a minimum $2 donation to vote for your favourite tree.

See more at: www.bcchf.ca/fot


Day 2: Giving Tuesday

Be part of something big.

On Tuesday, December 1, Canadians, businesses and charities across the country are getting involved in ‪GivingTuesday. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, #‎GivingTuesdayCa is the opening day of the giving season. Help BC kids, like Jack McMaster, this holiday season. Support can come in many ways that work for you:

  • GIVE any amount you can. Join the movement by making an online donation
  • SHARE how you are participating on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season?  Join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and don’t forget to tag your post to join the conversation #GivingTuesdayCa

For more details, or to make a donation, visit: www.bcchf.ca/giving-tuesday

Giving Tuesday

 


Day: 3 Honour a loved one through a WISH ornament

Until December 18, when you make a gift in honour or in memory of someone, we’ll display your loved one’s name with one of our beautiful BC Children’s Hospital Foundation ornaments on the WISH Tree at our Vancouver Festival of Trees event. We’ll also send a card to the honouree or next of kin to let them know about your thoughtful gift.

Visitors to the event may also write a holiday wish on a paper ornament and hang it on the tree in the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver until January 5, 2016.


Day 4: Holiday E-Cards

Give the greatest gift of all – hope for BC’s kids.

Sending an e-card is a simple and impactful way to recognize a special individual in your life this holiday season. Choose from a variety of cards, personalize it, donate and send! It’s that easy.


Day 5: Toy Donations

Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Department and Volunteer Services are making sure that each and every patient, and their siblings, has gifts on Christmas morning.  If you’d like to donate gifts in person by the December 15th deadline, visit www.bcchf.ca/christmas. Even better, there are great opportunities to help to fill the toy box needs for children all year round! Birthdays, and summer projects are important too, and a gift now will help ensure we have funds to buy kids gifts at other meaningful times of the year. Make a donation to this fund now.

A big round of applause for the Canada Border Services Agency employees who help to bring holiday cheer to patients at Children’s Hospital each year through their toy drive.  They will once again be bringing their big team in just before the holidays to fill up the space below the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation tree.  


Day 6: Holiday Events and Activities

Each year, hundreds of caring individuals and groups raise money for the hospital in their own creative ways by hosting Independent Community Events. These events include everything from bake sales to golf tournaments and shaved head challenges. Be sure to check out these wonderful holiday events:

Holiday Events and Acitivities

Breakfast with Santa in Victoria

Sunday, December 6 at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa

All proceeds go directly to BC Children’s Hospital.

AzestA Christmas Ballet

Sunday, December 13 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

10% of ticket sales are donated to BC Children’s Hospital.

Wish Upon a Star

Entire month of December at 20681 44tj Ave., Langley

Check out 40,000 lights with Santa and his sleigh flying overhead, an interactive musical snowman, light show, animated characters and a photo op with Rudolph, Bumble and friends while sipping hot chocolate. Accepting donations for BC Children’s Hospital. More info at www.facebook.com/wishuponastarchristmas 

Carol Ships 'Parade of Lights'

Carol Ships 'Parade of Lights' Society began over 50 years ago with one boat decorated with Christmas lights. Today the fleet boasts 50 decorated boats, with over 100,000 lights. This year the ships will be collecting donations for BC Children's Hospital. Find a night that works for you.


Day 7: Donations in lieu of presents

Create a personal fundraising page for the holiday season. Whether it’s a one-time donation in lieu of a gift for a family member, friend or co-worker, or an ongoing initiative for the upcoming year – we can help you create a personalized page dedicated to the remarkable people who have touched your life.


Day 8: Holiday Shopping with a Cause

During the shopping season, our wonderful retailers pull out all the stop to make this an opportunity to fundraise for BC’s kids. Below is a list of stores that you can feel extra good about shopping at this holiday season and beyond!

Brooks Brothers

November 12, 2015 to January 2, 2016

$5 from each Brooke or Brooksie Bear sold, as well as 10% of all sales on December 9 & 10 will go straight to BC Children’s Hospital.

 

Pottery Barn & Pottery Barn Kids

November 13 to December 13

Fundraising at the till at BC locations

 

West Elm & West Elm Market

November 13 to December 13

Fundraising at the till at BC locations.

 

Williams-Sonoma

November 13 to December 13

Fundraising at the till at BC locations.

 

Long & McQuade

November 1 to December 31

Fundraising at the till at BC locations in support of the Music Therapy Program at BC Children's Hospital.

 

The Brick

September 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016

100% of net proceeds from the sale of Brickley Bears and Miracle Balloons.

 

GNC

November 3, 2015 to December 23, 2015

All proceeds from the sale of Miracle Balloons in BC support BC Children's Hospital.


Day 9: Christmas Wishes

Send your best wishes to the children staying at BC Children's Hospital throughout the holiday season. Post a message on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and we'll help spread your messages of hope. 

BC Children's Hospital also offers the Best Wishes Program - a free email service for sending your best wishes to a patient staying at the hospital.


Day 10: Make Christmas magic with Portable North Pole

Portable North Pole is a magical console used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages and phone calls to the people you care most about. In just a few simple clicks, you can provide Santa with all the information he needs to create a unique, tailor-made message. Best of all, 5% of proceeds come back to BC Children’s Hospital!

Visit www.portablenorthpole.com to send your personalized message today! 

 



Day 11: 12 Months of Giving

Bring hope to critically ill children every day of the year by becoming a member of our Sunshine Club. Monthly giving is a quick and convenient way to make a significant  contribution that will greatly improve the lives of countless children and families.


Day 12: Dining for a Cause

The below establishments have some unique opportunities to support BC Children's Hospital this holiday season, and enjoy a fantastic meal at the same time!

12 Days of Glowbal Giving

Day 4: Christmas Tree Row to benefit the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

On Tuesday, December 8, Black+Blue, Coast, and Italian Kitchen are partnering with local like-minded businesses to bring Christmas trees to Alberni Street. Glowbal Restaurant Group will offer trees for sponsorship and donate 100% of profits to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Interested businesses can inquire about tree sponsorship by contacting Tara Armstrong at tarmstrong@glowbalgroup.com.

Prawn Madness at C-Lovers

Every year for the entire month of December all C-Lovers locations celebrate “Prawn Madness!”. When customers purchase 4 delicately battered prawns for only $1.99 in December $1.00 is donated to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to support the Excellence in Child Health Fund. In 2014, C-Lovers raised an incredible $18,717.30, bringing their total raised to $157,768.75 since 2003!



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