My Giving Moment for the Holidays #DareYou

| November 10, 2014 | 10 Comments


Ever since my children were registered into recreational sports such as soccer and hockey, my husband and I volunteered with the local youth organizations in the positions of convenor and/or assistant coach. We always thought that it was necessary to teach our children the importance of giving back to their community without being paid for our time and devotion. Volunteering helps strengthen our community!

In 2009, I took on a massive community project by entering our beloved Navan into the Kraft Hockeyville Competition. After our second attempt, we ended up making it to the top 10 Cities in Canada. The pride and joy of the residents could be heard and seen all over the community. It brought back many memories of hockey dating back from the early 1900’s. People, businesses, and organizations spent endless hours promoting their community. The Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, even declared January 30th, 2011 Navan Hockeyville Day and City Council all sported hockey jersey’s in support of Navan’s bid during a meeting. Within 6 months, we ended up organizing 6 community events to benefit charitable organizations and non-profit associations. Volunteering adds meaning in so many ways from making new friendships to showing ourselves and the people around us that we do care!

Navan Hockeyville

For the past few years at Christmas, my family and I give a gift to a complete stranger and donate to a Canadian charity in the hopes that someone will spend a more meaningful holiday. In the past, we have made contributions to our local Community Resources Centre, the Ottawa Food Bank, and last year we donated $50 to World Vision Canada, so they could purchase 2 hens and a rooster for a family in need in an underdeveloped country.

If you can’t spare to give money to a charity during the holidays, why not volunteer your time to a local charitable or non-profit organization? You can choose a family cause and volunteer together! What a wonderful opportunity to spend time with each other, give back to yourself, and to your community, and make your city a better place to live!

I was so excited when I was approached to take part in the Dare2Give My Giving Moment Campaign, inspired by the Governor General of Canada. This unique campaign would like Canadian ‘givers’ to dare friends, relatives, and co-workers to donate or volunteer with them. A great way to accomplish donating is to dare them and it also doubles the giving impact by daring someone to give with you! Can you just imagine how this would make Canada a better place and a more caring country if every giver would challenge another person to volunteer or donate along with them!

To incite givers to dare their friends, family and colleagues, the current givers will have a chance to enter to win for their favourite charity! The contest ends on December 14th, 2014 with a grand prize of a television commercial to the winner’s charity! 

As a giver, I would like to dare 3 of my closest blogger friends to give non-perishable food donations to their local Food Bank or to make a monetary donation to their favourite charitable organization during the holiday season!


Sandy from Canadian Blog House

Lian from Reese Speaks

Tracy from Ottawa Mommy Club

Now is your turn to dare people you know to make a difference in their community and make it a better place to live!

Please visit the Dare2Give website or see below to enter how many dares you have made for a chance to win for your favourite charity!



Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.

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Category: Dads, Family, Grand-Parents, Holiday, Kids, Living, Moms, Non-Profit, Teens

About the Author ()

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

Comments (10)

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  1. Lian says:

    Hi Lyne!

    I have accepted your challenge! I have already donated food to the Food Bank on two separate occasions, and I plan to do so again before the beginning of December.

    Thanks for thinking of me for this challenge, Lyne!

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    We usually visit one or two women’s shelters to drop off clothes and toiletries during this time, but we can always do more.

  3. Louise says:

    This is a great idea! What a great way to foster giving and volunteering!

  4. Dean Mattatall says:

    I Dare You? Those sound like Bullying words! When a person is challenged with a Dare it is usualy not a calculated risk and if not accepted, the Daree is subject to humiliation. Charity begins at home, not the schoolyard. Bullying is obviously out of control. Youre promoting it as a tactic. Kids love tactics! Will it be worth it in the end. Try rewards!

  5. Debbie White Beattie says:

    Doesn’t it feel great to give back? You did a great job. I give back to different charities and I always feel good.

  6. kathy downey says:

    I donate one a month and this month is for the animal shelter

  7. kathy downey says:

    Donating this time of year is so rewarding for the soul

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