It Only Takes...


• $2 extra at your next Home Depot visit to support the Buy a House, Build a Home campaign, which benefits Habitat for Humanity. Last year, Canadians contributed enough money to buy 34 million nails.

• Your donated Aeroplan miles to help fly sick kids to pediatric hospitals across the country so they can receive life-saving medical treatment.

• A team of 10 co-workers to compete in the Daily Bread Food Bank’s 24-Hour Food Sort in October. In 2007, the event raised almost $20,000.

• A radio to listen to the Montreal-based CKUT’s annual Homelessness Marathon, a 14-hour broadcast that gives homeless people and their advocates a chance to inspire nationwide discussion about poverty.

• That dress you’ve barely worn to help a low-income woman look her best when she’s job hunting, because it’s hard to ace the interview without confidence.

• The price of one bestselling novel ($24) to buy six bags of seeds for small-scale farmers in Sri Lanka and Southern Africa. The seeds will improve families’ diets and provide extra income.