(NC)—This Canada Day, we have a lot to celebrate. Our athletes won 14 gold medals at the Winter Olympics - more than any nation has ever won in a Winter Olympics; we live in one of the most culturally-diverse countries in the world; and other nations generally see us as polite, funny, and friendly. But did you know that Canadians are a very giving bunch too? Whether it's stepping up and donating millions to Haiti's earthquake earlier this year, organizing large-scale fundraisers, or contributing thousands of volunteer hours, Canadians have impacted millions of lives around the world.
This July 1, participate in these activities to carry on the Canadian spirit of giving:
• Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank. Learn about the needs of those in your community and help to feed the hungry.
• Share your talents at a seniors' centre. If you can juggle, sing, dance, or make people laugh, use your skill to brighten someone else's day.
• Host a neighbourhood potluck. Swap food, stories, and experiences as you get to know the people in your immediate community.
• Make a donation to help the poorest of the poor. Visit an international children's charity like Christian Children's Fund of Canada to help the most vulnerable victims of poverty. You can provide clean water to an entire community or purchase mosquito nets to protect children from malaria. You can go online to www.ccfcanada.ca for more ways to give.