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Give the Gift of Experience

Dec 1, 2015

Giving-Tuesday-Logo-2015_date1-red GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.

This year, BGCBigs is encouraging our friends, supporters, and followers to donate a few dollars to provide experiences for our community’s kids. New and different experience help kids see what the world has to offer. On this GivingTuesday you have the opportunity to ensure that a child, family, Big and Little match, or an entire Club has the opportunity to have an exciting experience. You’ll help to provide them with inspiration, motivation, and education!

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social media giving tuesday$50 Donation: This can provide a soccer ball, tutoring material, or a field trip for 10 kids to somewhere like the Royal Alberta Museum.

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Last Christmas, our kids enjoyed a special lunch, created beautiful holiday crafts and had the opportunity to explore musical instruments at the Winspear Centre! Many of these kids had never been able to see or play with many of the instruments and the room a a buzz with excitement and musical notes. Every single child had a smile on their face. Afterwards they got to see the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”!

social media giving tuesday2$100 Donation: This can provide hockey nets for a Club, pay for recruiting a tutor for a child who needs help with homework, or art classes for 30 kids.

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Our Club Kids at Wabamun mentioned that they were interested in learning new arts and crafts they hadn’t done before. So recently, they’ve been including a bit of art history in our Club programming.  One of our first activities was about “selfies,” self-portraits, and self-expression. We showed the kids pictures of Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Pablo Picasso, as well as pictures of self-portraits that each had painted, and talked about the way artists saw themselves might be the same as or different than other people saw them. Then the kids to painted a portrait that represented themselves!


social media giving tuesday3$365 Donation: This can help us recruit, train, and match a Big Brother or Sister to a child on our waiting list. It could also provide skiing lessons for 15 kids, or materials for an art or science project for 30 kids.

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Last winter a handful of our children and youth  bundled up and hit the Snow Valley slopes to learn the art of skiing and snowboarding. One boy in particular started the day on the slopes with a mix of nervousness and excitement. After he joined in with his group to get snowboarding lessons, he quickly got frustrated. But thanks to the amazing instructors and volunteers at the event, they were able to pair him up with a volunteer to work with him one on one for the entire activity. By the end of the day, this young boy had the confidence to go up the small lift by himself and snowboard down with a volunteer without holding onto to anyone. Each time he fell down he just got right back up and continued on. His excitement had come back full force and it wasn’t long until he was teasing the staff and volunteers as he raced down the hill ahead of them!

Thank you so much for helping us provide nearly 5,000 children and youth with the tools they need to be successful! Click here to make a donation today!