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Joanne and I want to give you a Christmas gift (besides our handy dress for success, networking and business etiquette expert advice).
How about some donations to people who don’t have everything?
That’s what we’ve done in the past and that’s what we’re doing this year. It’s become a recent family tradition (we all make donations and only exchange little stocking stuffers) which we’ve carried over into our business & corporate gift giving. We encourage you do the same.
So we’ve made some donations to Oxfam Unwrapped (here are the links to the Canadian version and the American version), where we bought some goats, some chickens and some other items that can make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
As Joanne supports Suit Yourself, an Edmonton charity that provides interview or work outfits and makeovers to women in need who are re-entering the work force, we've made a cash donation to them. (We’ve blogged about Suit Yourself occasionally, here is the inspiring video from last year's makeover for the women. Joanne participated in this year's too but the video isn't up yet.)
The nice thing about these gifts is they make the recipient feel good but they also make the donor feel good. We’ve included a couple of videos here that made us feel good about our donations and hopefully will make you feel good too and inspire you to do something similar this holiday season.