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"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."

-Malachi 3:10

People are amazing - Thanks!

During times of crisis or natural disasters, people drop everything to lend a hand, in whatever ways they are able. Sometimes, we offer the wrong kind of help.

Aid organizations prefer that we share more with victims of natural disaster, rather than items like toys or supplies. The infrastructure often gets overwhelmed with material gifts, and they can't handle it, whereas a financial gift will allow them to get what they need.

Charities also prefer if you don't specifically earmark your donation to the current disaster. Some charities still have funds locked up for disasters that happened years ago, because they are obligated to allocate the funds as they are directed.
Generosity is an important part of a complete financial plan. Putting the needs of others first has a greater effect on you than you would guess.

People who spend their vacation helping with victims of famine or natural disaster claim to come home more refreshed and ready to get back to regular life than those who spend their time off relaxing on the beach.

Giving to charity has a similar impact. Research shows that giving makes you feel good, releases dopamine into your system, reduces stress and reduces the effects of clinical depression.

These effects are lost if the giving is done out of coercion rather than free will. God loves a cheerful giver! 

Preferred Charities:


YFC Youth Unlimited, Norwich Ontario:

I've got hometown bias. This organization is doing amazing work with young people in my hometown. 

We are committed to helping youth develop holistically by offering programs and developing relationships that nurture the whole person – physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

We are dedicated to seeing young people have the opportunity to make an informed decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ and become a part of a local church. 


MCC Canada: 

A worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation.

Habitat For Humanity:

Vision

A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
 
Values

Housing for All – Access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to everyone.

Human Dignity – We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those who help us in this effort. People are our greatest resource.

Partnership – We can best achieve our mission through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with others.

Faith in Action – Building on our Christian foundation, we serve and work with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion. Faith is lived through action.

Diversity and Inclusiveness – There is a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values. We seek to enrich our organization through diversity.




RMHC keeps families close

Did you know that 70% of Canadian families live outside a city with a children’s hospital? So when a child gets sick, they often have to travel hours to get treatment. Our 15 Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada give families a place to stay close to the hospital where their child is being treated.16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located in hospitals across the country give families a place to rest and relax just steps from their child's bedside.

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