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Grow your heart three sizes on #GivingTuesday

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Today is #GivingTuesday!

We’re all aware that the holidays are an exhausting time. Whether you’re a level 10 festive fiend like I am, or you dread the constant visual bombardment of twinkle lights and Will Ferrell stuffing his 6’3 frame into a child’s elf costume – we can all agree, it’s busy!

Ask yourself though, why are you busy? Why are you stressed?

For me, it’s the constant demands on my time. Between work obligations, holiday activities, spending time with friends and the pressure of hosting my family for Christmas, things can feel overwhelming at this time of year. 

My personal space will be invaded. I will more than likely spend more money than I should, eat more food than I should and definitely drink more eggnog than I should. 

This may sound familiar to some of you, but stay with me for a moment.

Imagine that you are stressed and exhausted because you can’t afford your family’s basic needs. Imagine that you dread the holidays because you can’t buy gifts for your children. 

That’s why this #GivingTuesday, I’m going to give a gift that gives twice: by shopping the YWCA holiday wish list I get my holiday shopping out of the way, while giving a single mother and her children a brighter holiday. It’s a win-win!

Last year, with your help, the YWCA put more than 26,000 nutritious meals on the tables of families in need. Almost 200 single mothers and 272 children found safe and affordable places to call home. 

These are just a few examples of how your support impacts the lives of people who need it most. 

So how can you be a part of #GivingTuesday? 

Most importantly, thank you. We couldn’t, and can’t, do it without you. 

Lia Sampson is a volunteer with YWCA Metro Vancouver.

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