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It’s officially #GivingTuesdayCa, and so we would like to invite you to give this blog post a quick read and let us know how you plan to give a little today!

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston S. Churchill

Now that we have Black Friday and Cyber Monday under our belts (or perhaps out of our wallets is a more realistic description), we move on to what was once considered the terribly anticlimactic Tuesday, November 29th. But this year, it doesn’t have to be just ANY Tuesday; in many jurisdictions, including our beloved true north strong and free, it is #GivingTuesdayCa. What is #GivingTuesday you might ask? Well it is a new global movement, a day to celebrate thinking of and doing good for others. Some might consider it a sequel to Cyber Monday, but with a bit of a twist. Instead of focusing on shopping sprees, finding the best deal online or scouring the aisles of department stores, it is a day dedicated to giving and thinking of others – giving back to one’s community, charities, individuals or organizations. GivingTuesday originally began in the US in 2012, and for the first time this year it is officially taking place in Canada. What is so brilliant about this movement is that it is something we can ALL participate in; giving doesn’t discriminate in any way, shape or form. And what’s more, there are so many ways in which one can give. One can:

  • Give support
  • Give thanks
  • Give appreciation
  • Give meaning
  • Give praise
  • Give care
  • Give space
  • Give recognition
  • Give time
  • Give to a cause you care about
  • Give a smile
  • Give a hug
  • Give a high five
  • Give compassion to those living with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers, and others
  • Or simply GIVE LOVE.

And if you’re not too sure what or how you’d like to participate in the #GivingTuesdayCa movement, here is one way you can: Become a member of the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto Young Leaders Council (YLC). For $5 a month (let’s be serious, considerably less than most of us spend on making sure we are adequately caffeinated throughout the day) you can join a different kind of movement: one to raise public awareness and end Alzheimer’s disease in OUR lifetime. The YLC is a group of community-minded young professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the Alzheimer’s community. To learn more about how to become a member of the YLC or about the GivingTuesday movement, check out the sites listed below:

So with that, we challenge you to join this wonderful worldwide celebration of giving. We dare you. We dare you to join, to give, and to share using the hashtags #GivingTuesdayCa and #MemoryBall. The world might be a whole lot brighter if we all just gave a little.

A depiction of brighter days through the changing leaves in the fall

One Comment

  • Lynn Gatto

    So very proud of my oldest daughter and all that she is doing to contribute to the needs of others. We have dealt with this difficult disease on both sides of the family and it warms my heart to see Aryn advocating for this cause. Love, your Mom!

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