The other day I was talking about the little things that you can do this holiday season that can make a difference. There are so many little things that will only take a moment and they can have a huge impact!
1. I have a number of family members who have served in the Canadian Military. I’m very lucky that one of them is able to come home during the holidays but I know there are many military members who will be spending the holidays away from their families.
You can make their holidays a bit brighter by sending a card to Canadian Forces members. You can send it to the following address:
Any Canadian Forces Member
Op Attention: Kabul
PO Box 5140 Stn Forces
Belleville, ON K8N 5W6
AND, no postage is required as cards to our soldiers are free!
2. JustGreen is a compnay in the carbon offset business and has made it their mission to educate people on making greener choices and how to counterbalance their carbon footprint. I think it’s important to make sure that there is a sustainable world for kids to grow up in.
Just for signing up to their free monthly newsletter, 500 lbs of carbon offsets will be donated on your (or anyone else who signs up) behalf to a renewable energy initiative in Canada.
3. Friday, December 1st marked World AIDS Day, a day on which people all over the world come together in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. There are an estimated 33.3 million people worldwide living with the disease, and it has claimed more than 25 million lives between 1981 and 2007, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Despite the disease affecting so many people there are still stigmas attached to the disease, and many people can find themselves discriminated against and even ostracized from their communities.
The Body Shop has been campaigning and raising awareness of HIV and AIDS since 1993 and today, through its partnership with UNAIDS, continues to educate people on this topic around the world. In 2010, The Body Shop teamed up with UNAIDS and world-renowned fashion photographer, Rankin, to create the ‘Be an Activist’ campaign, to mark 30 years of fighting the disease. The campaign profiles everyday ‘activists’, serving as a reminder that activists can be from all walks of life. Discover the individuals and activists behind the campaign here and get inspired.
The campaign launched a new take on the iconic red ribbon design, a stencil logo, designed by The Body Shop Creative team, in partnership with UNAIDS. Download the stencil here to raise awareness about HIV (as raising awareness is one step towards acceptance and understanding, which makes so much sense to me during the holiday season!).
4. Planning a New Year’s Eve party? Register with Hosting for Hope and, not only will you help raise women for local women’s shelters, you can also get a $25 HomeSense gift card for yourself! Check out their website for more information.
So take a moment to share a card, help the planet and raise awareness!