This annual community event is more than a really fun fundraiser for the IWK, it’s a way for one family to heal and give back, and for other families to find support and share their stories. Jennifer Manuel, the organizer and Jessica’s mother, shared the story of the origin of the event with us and how you and your family can help give back too.
One of the questions I am asked a lot is how local families with young children can volunteer together to teach their children from early on how to give back to their communities. The Ronald McDonald House in Halifax is hosting a super fun, all-ages PJ Walk that the whole family can get involved in! Last year the Halifax Ronald McDonald House provided 4,887 nights of comfort to 553 families travelling here for medical treatment; and, between the RMH House in Halifax and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Halifax and Moncton, they served 2,283 Maritime families.
Valentines for Veterans is a special way to help your children show their appreciation for some important members of our community.
The purpose of the program is to have community members send a Valentine to a Veteran to show our appreciation and thanks for their sacrifices, but it's also a great opportunity to take those conversations we had on Remembrance Day and put them into something more concrete and give some love to others in our community.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a parent, it’s that if you call something a scavenger hunt, kids will go crazy for it. No joke. Cleaning up toys, finding groceries in the store, even picking up garbage! We've come up with a fun way for little kids to clean up their neighbourhood AND help other kids learn about the environment.
I can’t remember a time of my life when I wasn’t volunteering in some capacity. I helped out with community clean-ups as a kid; served countless turkey dinners at church suppers as a teenager (and successfully resisted the temptation to sneak a piece of pie before my shift was up); and taught kids to read as an adult. It’s always been an incredible experience and it’s something I want my family to continue to experience together.
Last year, my children caught the Gimmes at Christmas. I don’t know how they got infected, but our normally sweet, polite, angelic (OK, that may be stretching it) children couldn’t get enough presents...So this year, we’ve changed the way we look at holiday gifting.