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Montreal's Guide to Giving Back This Holiday Season

Old Brewery Mission

Over the last several years the number of homeless people in Montreal has multiplied. Large cities specifically face many challenges when it comes to homelessness and Montreal is no exception.

The Old Brewery Mission is a pillar in the Montreal community, offering a range of services that respond to the needs of Montreal’s homeless people as well as those at risk of becoming so.

The cold winter months are here, and the time to take action is now. Contribute to the aid of the hundreds of homeless men and women seeking warmth and essentials on the streets of Montreal by clicking here and visiting The Old Brewery Mission Foundation page. No donation is too small!

Generations Foundation Annual Toy Drive

For years, the Generations Foundation has made it their mission to develop and implement programs that aim to improve the quality of life for all, with a specific focus on children. They are best known for their amazing breakfast programs that aim to combat poverty within families and provide students with the nutrition needed to ensure their well-being and promote educational success. Their programs run across 96 schools and learning centers in and around Montreal.

During the Holiday season, this group of inspiring individuals’ teams up with local partners such as Global News, Provigo and MegaBloks to host their Annual Toy Drive which supplies thousands of toys to needy children in schools and learning centers in the city, as well as a food drive.

The Generations Foundation operates solely on the donations of others and receives no government assistance. It is through the generosity of the public that they are able to continue to offer these programs at no cost to parents and families. 

Help Generations spread the holiday spirit this season by donating to this wonderful cause. To view the list of drop-off locations and contact information for donations, click here to visit their page.

RAD – Rescue All Dogs

For all you pet lovers, we have the perfect cause to get you’re heart pumping this holiday season for your fur babies.

Rescue All Dogs (RAD) is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs that have been abandoned, abused, neglected and/or are scheduled to be euthanized. In a short period of time, these heroes in disguise have transformed this organization into a full-out rescue and rehabilitation mission. Through their team of volunteers, which includes veterinarians, trainers and a network of potential foster homes, the dogs which are taken into the RAD program receive the medical treatment and training needed to be reintegrated back into the world and into new loving homes.

Their mission is to educate and advocate on the importance of animal welfare and rescue.

If you would like more information on RAD and how you can donate, click here

The Lighthouse, Children and Families

The Lighthouse, Children and Families is a non-profit organization that puts their heart and soul into ensuring that the needs of children whose lives are threatened by illnesses, and require complex treatment, are being met. They aim to positively impact the lives of these children and provide respite and support services to their families through their in-home services and their Maison André-Gratton pediatric palliative care center.

The Lighthouse, Children and Families depends on the support of its partners, sponsors and donors to continue to offer their services to the children and families faced with the realities of dealing with terminal illness.

As the holiday season quickly approaches, spread the light by donating to this dedicated organization. Click here for more information.

The Shoebox Project

Founded in 2011 by the Mulroney sisters, The Shoebox Project set-out with the mission of spreading joy during the holiday season within their community by asking their friends and family to fill their empty shoeboxes with gifts for women in need. Through the power of social media, and word of mouth, these ladies transformed the conventional shoebox into a gift giving machine. Within their first year, they ended up receiving 400 shoe boxes and distributed enough gifts for women in four local shelters. 

Since then, The Shoebox Project has become a national movement that has 70 volunteer run local chapters globally, and has distributed approximately 245,000 shoe boxes. 

Given the circumstance this year, The Shoebox Project has made the decision, like many other organizations, to go virtual for the holiday season.  Although they will not be collecting Shoeboxes, donors will still be given the opportunity to send a special gift and thoughtful message directly to a local woman in their community.

To find out how you can make a virtual Shoebox click here

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