The holidays have come and gone, leaving the stress of shopping, family gatherings and holiday giving behind us.
While it’s back to business as usual for most of us, it’s important to remember there are still charities that need our help; not only throughout the holiday season, but now more than ever.
I love Hamilton, Ontario and couldn’t picture working in any other city. Our community is thriving and filled with many worthy organizations that contribute to the lives of others.
That’s why I’d like to take a moment to talk about a few of my favourite Hamilton charities and why they deserve the support of the community.
Hamilton Food Share raises over 2 million pounds of donated product annually, and since 1990 has raised over 23 million pounds of emergency food distributed within the community!
I love this charity because they continuously stock the shelves at various Hamilton Food Banks that feed thousands of families every year.
Having children of my own, I can’t imagine what it must feel like not being able to provide wholesome, hot meals to my family, or wonder where their next meal is coming from.
Every dollar you donate to Hamilton Food Share raises $5.00 worth of food. You can also show your support by running food drives, donating food items and volunteering.
The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is a not-for-profit agency that, by law, is required to protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.
They also help build healthy families by working with parents to address concerns and resolve issues that impact a child’s safety and wellbeing.
Unfortunately, the growing cost of child protection continues to be a challenge for the Ministry as they work to provide excellent programs and services within their fixed resources.
It’s hard to imagine any child having to endure hardships or abuse and I believe that each child enrolled in CAS deserves the educational, recreational and therapeutic programs they need to grow into happy, loved, well-rounded adults.
With your help, we can make a positive impact on Hamilton’s most vulnerable by donating to any of their seven different programs.
A Police Supported Charity – The Charity Chicks Hamilton
As a personal injury lawyer, I have the utmost respect for our local police force as they are often the first people my clients after a traumatic injury. The police choose their charities carefully. When I heard about the Charity Chicks, it piqued my interest to learn more about them.
The Charity Chicks Hamilton is a group of local women that get together to provide meals and care packages for the homeless community and struggling families in Hamilton.
Most recently, they teamed up with the Hamilton Police Services Crime Stopper Unit to participate in the 3rd Annual Winter Drive By, handing out outerwear and hearty bowls of soup to keep Hamilton’s homeless warm.
It is truly heart-warming to see a small group of women literally taking it to the streets to help our community during the cold winter months and having the Hamilton Police Services involved makes it all the better.
Please visit each of their websites to learn more about how you can help make a difference.
When I see what my injured clients go through on their road to recovery, I’m reminded not to take my health or my life for granted; that’s why In the midst of our busy lives it’s important to step back every once in awhile to appreciate what we have, and to give back when we can.
Which Hamilton charity do you feel passionate about? I’d love to hear more about them in the comments below.