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A simple way to do more

Every person deserves a warm meal and human interaction

Donating money to your local charity isn’t the only way to “do more.” Why not start your own small project to do more for your local community? Being proactive is one of the best ways you can help those around you.

Some of us are under the impression that it takes a lot of time, energy and financial resources to give back to our local communities. Let’s change this mindset and start with baby steps…

It might be as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Set aside a small amount of money 
    Try starting with $25, $50 or $100 (or however much you want)
  2. Buy a few fast-food restaurant gift cards 
    Visit your local Starbucks, McDonald’s or other fast-food chain store and purchase several gift cards using the money you set aside earlier. For example, with $50 you can buy ten gift cards worth $5 each or five gift cards worth $10 each.
  3. Give a gift card to someone with an outstretched arm 
    Keep a few of the gift cards in your wallet or bag so that the next time you pass someone asking for help, you’ll be prepared to offer some support. Don’t forget to exchange a warm greeting and smile!

After you’ve tried these three steps, you can add this fourth step: REPEAT!

This mini project can be done anywhere and anytime, by yourself or with a small group of your closest friends and family. Imagine the impact you could make if your group did this a few times a year. Don’t wait for someone else to take action; you can start making a difference now! (As an added bonus, you might find great joy out of doing so)

This simple plan for doing more was inspired by former Foresters employee Andrea Duncan, who said goodbye to her friends and colleagues in the office by encouraging them to ‘do more.’ The goodbye notes she handed out included a pair of $5 Tim Horton’s gift cards and instructions to gift the cards to Toronto panhandlers. “I was inspired by a similar gift received by Foresters from a vendor that past Christmas,” said Andrea. “I really believe that every person deserves not only a warm meal, but also human interaction. Handing out small gift cards to those in need is just one way to achieve both.”

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Florence Lau

Florence is a digital marketer who graduated from the Management & International Business program at the University of Toronto. She spends most of her days wondering about the purpose of life. The other half of her days are spent being a food enthusiast, amateur photographer and blogger.