It Only Takes

It doesn’t take a fortune or a huge commitment of time to make a big difference in the lives of Canadian children in need. Here are some easy, meaningful ways to get involved

It only takes:

The cost of lunch out ($20) to send a child with cancer to summer camp. Proceeds from the Firefly Cabaret, held in Toronto this August, are donated to Camp Quality Canada, which offers kids a week of activities free of charge.

Five kilometres to run in support of the B.C. Children’s Hospital at Scotiabank’s 10th annual Vancouver marathon this June. The hospital treats more than 72,000 critically ill children every year.

A box of granola bars to help the Inuvik Youth Centre offer healthy snacks to the 1,300 at-risk youth in Inuvik, N.W.T., who visit the centre every month.

The cost of dinner out ($35) to help the Children’s Wish Foundation make dreams come true for terminally ill children. Last year, the CWF spent more than $10 million to grant wishes for nearly 900 kids.

An HBC Rewards Card to donate your reward points to Canuck Place, a children’s hospice in Calgary. The points are used to purchase furniture and toys to make families more comfortable.

One phone call to put a child with facial differences in touch with Making Faces, an Ontario organization that runs workshops to teach confidence-building skills.